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Beijing slams Benigno Aquino for ‘ignorant’ Nazi Germany comparisons

Philippines president branded 'amateurish' and 'ignorant' over territorial dispute comparisons

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 February, 2014, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 February, 2014, 1:27pm

Beijing launched a scathing attack on Benigno Aquino after the Philippine president compared China with Nazi Germany in staking claims to disputed territory in the South China Sea.

A commentary by Xinhua described his remarks on China's handling of the territorial dispute as senseless and said it had "exposed his true colours as an amateurish politician who was ignorant both of history and reality".

[Aquino] has never been a great candidate for a wise statesman
XINHUA COMMENTARY

"Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has taken an inflammatory approach ... has never been a great candidate for a wise statesman in the region," it said.

Aquino told The New York Times he wanted world leaders to support the Philippines in resisting China's assertive claims over the South China Sea, drawing a comparison to the West's failure to support Czechoslovakia against Adolf Hitler's demands for Czech land in 1938.

Aquino said he saw some parallels as Manila was now facing a challenge to surrender territory piecemeal to a much stronger foreign power, and world leaders should not make the mistake of appeasing China in disputes.

"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?" he said. "At what point do you say, 'Enough is enough?' Well, the world has to say it."

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared the Japan-China relationship to Britain and Germany's ties in the run-up to the first world war.

Xinhua criticised Aquino for joining the ranks of "disgraced" Abe and wasting the chance of improved ties after China sent aid in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Yesterday, Aquino's spokesman Sonny Coloma insisted he was merely citing historical fact and did not aim to offend China.

"As a storyteller ... the president often gives details of a particular situation, so it could have happened that he was simply citing the fact that there was such incident," Coloma said, adding that there were "antecedents" during the New York Times interview that "would logically lead" to Aquino's Hitler citation.

 

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whymak
Reader ejmciii:
Now who is the most despicable clown with a never changing hate-China theme? I have never read a single reasoned fact based comment among your many deranged Chinese bashing diatribes.
At least Ms. Chiang quoted some facts that you're totally ignorant of. It's a matter of record that Philippines has numerous standing territorial disputes with its neighbors. So is Japan.
Moreover, other than his pidgin American English, Aquino could produce no written historical documentary of Philippines' territorial rights with Tagalog or other native Austronesian languages.
If you are a decent person, just eat your humble pie, tuck your tail between your legs and walk away from this one.
ejmciii
It seems the Ministry of Propaganda does not like to be called on behavior it is exhibiting. So it goes. If the Philippines gives in to these thieves this time it will just be an unending stream of theft of other nations' territory.
ejmciii
The temerity of some people to question the lords of the Communist Party in their attempts to secure their resources. Who cares if those resources belong to another nation. No nation can stand between the Mandate of the Heavens and its implementing authority the Chinese communist party. There is only one god, only one king, the Party.
James Broke
china will face the the consequences of thier action. i try to search what is 9 dash line over south china sea WOW its violent behavior. Historical claim is just a piece of word and need proof. 9 dash line is an obvious aggression we should follow the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 200 nautical miles from the baseline . Within this area, the coastal nation has sole exploitation rights over all natural resources. Japan, Philippines, Vietnam India, almost all China's neighboring country are getting angry. sooner or later chinese people in that country will be discriminate now Russia already rejected you for copying and stealing things not belong to you.
sumkh88
This guy is out of his mind. He is a joke and it shows that he is still an amateur in politics.
jenniepc
Aba Island. The Philippine government reacted by protesting the incident and then asserted legal title by annexing islands in the Spratly group based on Cloma’s claim.
The thing puzzle me is that Philippine government often use the backing of the United States to the Philippines to achieve barbaric actions or territorial aggression. Mr. Aquino created many conflict between Philippine and Asian countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, etc. Just because Mr. Aquino considers that he has U.S. support for any of his actions he needs, included territorial aggression.
Jennie PC Chiang江佩珍 02/07/14 美國
jenniepc
and Paracel Islands to the Republic of China (Taiwan), by way of Article 2 of the bilateral Japan–Taiwan Treaty of Taipei. This treaty followed — and referenced — the territorial renunciations of the Islands by Japan under the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, which had not identified the beneficiary at the time — a treaty that was ratified by both the Philippine and (South) Vietnamese governments. And although neither country is bound by provisions in the bilateral Japan–Taiwan treaty, neither can produce a Spratlys/Paracels cession or reversion clause in their own bilateral treaties with Japan. Rather, their claims are supplementarily based on historical cartography in the case of Vietnam or, for the Philippines, ‘historical discovery’ that is (incredibly) of a post-World War II vintage!
Philippines,
The Philippines justifies its claims to the Spratlys principally on discovery of certain islands by Thomas Cloma in 1947. In 1956 Cloma proclaimed the creation of a new island state, Kalayaan/Freedomland, with himself as chairman of its supreme Council. While no government ever recognized the lawfulness of this “state”, Cloma persisted with his claim until 1974, when “ownership” was officially transferred under a “Deed of Assignment and Waiver of Rights” to the Philippine government.
The first official claim by the Philippine government came in 1971, mainly in response to a Philippine fishing vessel being fired upon by Taiwanese forces stationed on Itu ----CONTINUING---
jenniepc
Mr. Benigno Aquino spoke like a clown, well, and he does look like a clown. I don't think that he knows much about South China sea history, or if he has any territory in the South China Sea in accordance with what the international laws required. Well, maybe he just play dumb.
Historically, China has sufficient evidences to underpin its claims of sovereignty of the South China Sea. Chinese still prevail over other nations Under Modern International Laws as Chinese Kuomintang was first government to establish a physical presence on of the Spratlys following Japanese departure after WWII. Chinese Kuomintang occupants have continued and have not been unchallenged by other countries which is the criteria of modern International maritime Laws.
China and Taiwan,
again, I am a Taiwanese originally, 來自宜蘭縣,圓山鄉,大湖底,一仙村 which is very secluded country side, only only rice patties, mountains and lakes. My comments are always based on the facts, not politics.
Chinese sovereignty over South China Sea well documented, going back to Sung dynasty (12th Century) and in the records of Chinese navigators during the Qing dynasty (18th century).
Alone among claimants, China is capable of coupling ‘continuous and effective occupation’ of the islands, islets and reefs with a robust modern international law-based claim backed by relevant multilateral and bilateral instruments.
In 1952, Japan renounced all right, title and claim to the Spratly ----------CONTINUING-------
ejmciii
Well, jennie (again an amazingly appropriate moniker), you weave a lovely tapestry of absurdity but why not. You show convincingly that you are a clown. What the President did was make an allusion to the policy of appeasement of Hitler which all too many nations are willing to do with the communist Chinese and their open aggression and desires to steal the lands of other nations via force if necessary, including your former nation, Taiwan. In such regard the comment has real currency as we see China undertaking these actions against a host of other Asian nations.
whymak
Reader ejmciii:
Now who is the most despicable clown with a never changing hate-China theme? I have never read a single reasoned fact based comment among your numerous deranged Chinese bashing diatribes.
At least Ms. Chiang quoted some facts that you're totally ignorant of. It's a matter of record that Philippines has numerous standing territorial disputes with its neighbors. So is Japan.
Moreover, other than his pidgin American English, Aquino could produce no written historical documentary of Philippines' territorial rights with Tagalog or other native Austronesian languages.
If you are a decent person, just eat your humble pie, tuck your tail between your legs and walk away from this one.

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