Quote from the article: 如果在十二海里内的岛屿，中国当然不能强求，不管是菲律宾或者越南占领，应当另 当别论，中国的外交是有承诺的。
Actually, if you look at the map between Philippines and Malaysia you'll find Filipino islands within a few miles of Malaysia after extending more than 1,000 miles from the Philippines main islands. Therefore, it doesn't matter how far Chinese islands go or how close they approach other countries. As long as they are Chinese islands they are Chinese islands. Proximity is never a consideration of sovereignty.