By Raïssa Robles
With the continuous incursions of Chinese ships into Philippine waters, a friend recently told me she is seriously thinking of migrating to another country.
China might invade the Philippines, she said. When, she doesn’t know, but she said she’d rather go while still young and able to.
While I see an actual invasion as far-fetched (attacking and occupying Manila would be strategically and politically useless to China), the fear of it is in itself already a kind of invasion into the minds of Filipinos. It’s a fear that has been stoked by the continuous threatening presence of missile-armed Chinese vessels in Philippine waters.