China Media Slams Philippine Leader Comments on Disputed Waters

Philippine, China, South China Sea, foreign policy

Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning, as it travels towards a military base in Sanya, Hainan province, in this undated picture made available on November 30, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

SHANGHAI — Chinese state media has slammed Philippine President Benigno Aquino over remarks that compared Beijing’s claims in the disputed South China Sea to demands for land made by Nazi Germany to the former Czechoslovakia.

In an interview with The New York Times published on Tuesday, Aquino called for more global support for the Philippines over the territorial issue, comparing it to the failure by the West to support Czechoslovakia against Adolf Hitler’s demand in 1938.

“If we say yes to something we believe is wrong now, what guarantee is there that the wrong will not be further exacerbated down the line?” the paper quoted him as saying.

“At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it – remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War Two.”

China’s official Xinhua new agency blasted Aquino’s comments late on Wednesday, saying Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea have a “sound historical foundation” and that it also seeks to resolve the issue through dialogue rather than confrontation.

“His latest reported attack against China, in which he senselessly compared his northern neighbor to the Nazi Germany, exposed his true color as an amateurish politician who was ignorant both of history and reality,” it said in an English-language commentary.

“He also joined the ranks of disgraced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who created great controversy after comparing Japan-China relations to those between the United Kingdom and Germany in the run-up to the First World War last month at the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland,” Xinhua said.

Such commentaries, while not official statements, can be read as a reflection of Chinese government thinking. China’s Foreign Ministry has yet to comment on Aquino’s remarks.

On Thursday, a spokesman for Aquino stood by the comments.

“The lesson for all free countries is this: there is a need for all to stand up for what is right,” spokesman Herminio Coloma Jnr. said.

“It should be right is might and not might is right.”

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have territorial claims across a waterway that provides 10 percent of the global fisheries catch and carries $5 trillion in ship-borne trade.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel said on Wednesday Washington has growing concerns that China’s maritime claims in the disputed sea are an effort to gain creeping control of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region.

China reacted angrily last week to a report in a Japanese newspaper that Beijing was considering setting up a new air defence identification zone in the South China Sea, similar to the one it announced last year for the East China Sea.

The United States urged China not to set up such a zone, although China’s Foreign Ministry implied it had no need to do so because it did not see a military threat from Southeast Asia.

Xinhua, in a separate commentary, said it was Japan that was the real regional threat, not China.

“It is high time for the Obama administration to see through Abe’s political tricks and to cage the trigger-happy elements in Japan,” Xinhua said.

4 Responses to China Media Slams Philippine Leader Comments on Disputed Waters

  1. Phillipine President is right.

    China is typically same as Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

    We should call their party-CHINESE NAZI PARTY

  2. Yes! Communist China is equivalent to German Nazi in WW II. Communist China is friend to N Korea, Iran, Sudan, Myanmar and all the crooks the world today has. We can call China as the Great Devil.

    • It is funny that you are equating Nazis to Communists while they hated each other very much. Their relationship is either/or, not but/also. While you are at it, go ahead and also include the Fascists in your accusation who are another communist haters, but worshipers of Nazism.

  3. If China had such solid claims to all of these islands and seas, it wouldn’t object to placing the matter before legitimate international organizations to decide the issues. China isn’t scared of other mlitaries. But it is scared of truth.

    Hitler grabbed the Sudetenland, and soon after the rest of Czechoslovakia. China is similarly grabbing islands slowly. No amount of Chinese propaganda is going to hide this. They can say what they want, but nobody believes them.

    If China doesn’t want to demonstrate to the international community that they rightfully own them, I’d have more respect for China if they said “I want them, so I’m taking them.” When they start bumping into Hawaii, we’ll have another world war. The world keeps picking on China.

    I would tend to think that there are few solid legitimate claims on the islands. So they should be given official status as not belonging to any nation.

    If the other nations of the area want to further their claims to these islands, they will have to build their militaries and agree not to fight amongst themselves. If they are not willing to do this, then they should just formally give them to the Chinese as good will gestures, sort of like paying the ransoms of Somali pirates.

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