• Appeasement ‘will not stop Beijing’s expansionism’

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    THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said that appeasing China will not stop it from claiming areas beyond what is allowed under international laws.

    Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesman, said “expansionism in the form of the nine-dash-line in the West Philippine Sea [South China Sea] is in gross violation of the rule of law and threatens peace and stability.”

    “We should learn from history that appeasement does not halt expansionism,” he said. “This expansionism is being driven by might and not what is right.”

    The nine-dash-line can be found even on ancient Chinese maps.

    “To prevent the mistakes of the past, the entire international community should unite in upholding the rule of law,” Hernandez said.

    Because China is also claiming islands and waters that are already within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Manila turned to the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (Itlos) to seek the invalidation of the nine-dash line rule.

    Malacañang on Thursday downplayed Chinese state media’s statement calling President Benigno Aquino 3rd “ignorant” and “amateurish for his remarks comparing China’s leaders to Adolf Hitler.

    Presidential Communications Herminio Coloma Jr. said newspapers are “free to give their own comments,” but the Philippine government “will just remain focused on achieving what is best for our national interests.”

    “We will not be swayed or distracted by a commentary that is not fully aligned with our own position,” Coloma told reporters.

    The President, he said, wanted other nations “to acknowledge the lessons from history and to achieve a certain amount of solidarity in order to ensure that the principles of the rule of law will be upheld.”

    In an interview with the New York Times Tuesday, Aquino said China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea was like Hitler’s occupation of Czechoslovakia just before World War II.

    “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 II,” Aquino said.

    In his commentary, Xinhua writer Ming Jinwei called Aquino’s statement a “lame comparison” and said the President continues to “create animosity with China.”

    “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,” Jinwei said.

    “Territorial disputes are always sensitive issues. No one expects them to be resolved overnight. Thus it is important for political leaders to sound rational and reasonable when they address them,” he added.

    Coloma said the Aquino has the “right to express his views” to journalists who interview him.

    He added there had been “developments” since the Philippines took a “very determined” stance in defending its territories. He cited the willingness of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) “to flesh out the document on the Code of Conduct on the Law of the Sea, which have been lying dormant for more than a decade.”

    “We have also seen the acceptance by member-countries of the need for an Asean-centric position, and the clearest manifestation was made in the joint statement following the Asean-Japan Summit in December—this was the document that they released after meeting in Tokyo in December 2013—where they expressed solidarity on the principles of freedom of navigation, freedom of aviation, and promoting the rule of law,” he said
    “So I think, all things considered, our advocacy of rules-based approach and respect for the rule of law has gained credence, and has gained support from the region, and has also been affirmed by other countries such as the US and Japan that are not members of Asean,” Coloma said.

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    1. China is embodened by its arsenal of economic expansion with the help of its cheap labor and huge market within. They are now testing the waters of being a super power and they are starting in our doorsteps. Aquino thinks that it is high time to tell the world what China is getting into because he knows China will not stop until it gets what it wants. The strategy is obvious. How many times they will inch forward two steps and withdraw one step? They had been employing this strategy for a long time now until some super powers will give in to their demands by appeasement. Who are we compared to the national interest of other huge countries like the United States? Are we bigger than the market they avail from China? Big corporations is playing a major role in these decisions.
      I say to our President, it is high time to build our own weapons! Organize a think tank to counter such threats. Gather Filipino Scientists as well as other nationals to provide us technical know how to produce offensive weapons like missiles. We have to produce thousands of it. If they can do it, also can we.

    2. I am glad we have an interaction page in here that is not yet invaded by paid hecklers and illiterates.

      True enough the decision of the President to stick to the moral accuracy of the issue. Hongkong’s intention is not to get the apology because the aggrieved parties were already fully compensated and satisfied. The purpose is to embarrass Filipinos and its a pity that some personalities are either riding on the issue (mostly the enemies of PNoy) or are just ignorant on the consequence or repercussion of such a move.

      With selfish citizens like these we will continue to be divided.

    3. I am glad I am witnessing this. I can’t help to feel proud. My country the Philippines is small and China is huge. That makes me even prouder. What makes me even more prouder, I have a president who is being basically a Filipino.

    4. In the beginning God created the heavens & the earth; now almost everything else is made in China. Can you blame China for protecting its own interest? What’s good for China is good for the world! Huhh!!?

    5. Vicente Dimasupil on

      President Aquino’s actions and statements regarding the Philippine-China row is nothing short of commendable. I am proud and more than glad to have a president like him who would stand against the giant bully from the north. It is just sad that some individuals are still doubting his resolve about the matter.

      We should all stand together as one and unite; showing a splinter in our ranks only serves the interest of our adversary.

      China has to realize, that for every action, there will be a reaction.

      Mr. President, Filipino expats are behind you all the way!!!

    6. President Aquino is RIGHT! China is just like Hitler the malignant dwarf; China is building up its military just like Hitler did before WW2. China must be stopped! There will be a war with ASEAN, INDIA, USA, UK, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, NATO AND OTHER DEMOCRACIES versus communist china, russia and north korea. China will be defeated!