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    BEIJING: China on Wednesday rejected misinterpretations by “certain parties” of international law on territorial disputes in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), saying its activities in the region were “legitimate and reasonable.”

    According to a dispatch by China’s official news agency Xinhua, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said US President Barack Obama and Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga’s statements “come with ulterior motives.”

    “Even if these interpretations are not double standards, they come with ulterior motives,” Hua told a regular news briefing.

    The foreign ministry spokeswoman was responding to a statement of US President Barack Obama, who on Monday said China should stop “throwing elbows” in the South China Sea. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also said China should abide by international norms.

    “What [international]law forbids China to conduct reasonable construction on its own islands and reefs? What law allows close reconnaissance by warships and planes of another country’s islands and reefs? What law allows the infringement of sovereignty and legitimate rights and interests in the name of freedom of navigation?” she asked.

    Hua said China’s activities in the South China Sea were legitimate and reasonable and that Beijing always safeguards and plays a constructive role in upholding international laws and rules.

    “China will not violate international laws nor harm others to benefit itself. However, it will safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests,” she added.

    Hua said she hoped relevant countries could maintain an objective and just attitude, and play a constructive role in the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Juvenile rhetoric
    Malacañang, meanwhile, shrugged off China’s reaction to President Aquino 3rd’s latest statements on the South China Sea dispute.

    Its spokesman Edwin Lacierda also on Thursday said Beijing’s comment dismissing Aquino’s views was nothing new.

    “We will not indulge them with returning juvenile rhetoric. We’d rather insist that we discuss this on a high level by resorting and discussing it in the international forum, the international arbitration arena,” Lacierda also told reporters.

    During a conference with business leaders in Tokyo, Aquino said China’s efforts to stake its excessive territorial claims remind him of Nazi Germany’s territorial conquests in the lead-up to World War II.

    The President, who is on a state visit to Japan, criticized China for its “unlawful territorial claim” and urged the Asian superpower to reexamine its reclamation activities on contested reefs and islands.

    In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Hua turned the tables on Aquino, claiming again that it was the Philippines that illegally occupies the islands and reefs in the contested sea.

    Hua also accused the Philippines of harassing Chinese fishermen in 2012 and scored Manila for filing an arbitration case questioning Beijing’s territorial claims.

    “It is still the Philippines [that]has collided with countries outside the region and slung mud at China in pursuit of its selfish gains over recent years,” she said.

    But Malacanang reiterated that China’s reclamation activities are a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

    WITH CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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    1. It is pretty obvious that the communist empire prepared that statement in advance while they continued their island hopping activities in near completion. The problem is we still don’t know whats their real objectives but China’s strategy is clear, I call it a 21st century Napoleon style invasion. And if we don’t act or invistigate that too soon, then the Philippines and possibly the whole part of asia will be in China”s hand. And it will be all late…

    2. William Tubig Dungo on

      Comminist China doesn’t agree of what President Aquino said that the Communist China are like NAZI. I concurred ang agree to that statement.According to the history Hitler NAZI in 1932 March 12 they annexed Austria because they say that before WW1 Austria is a part of German Empire. In June 1941 NAZI Germany invaded Netherland, Belgium, Luximburg, Greece, Western Poland and France. They occupy these countries and put them under their rules. And stole the natural resources and wealth of these country. Now with Communist China in the 1950’s their great leader MAO TSE TUNG invaded Tibet and said in history said thatTIBET is a part of Communist China. So Tibetan Leader went in exile and up to now. They wipe up the tibetan religion and their custom and tradition and culture. Communist China imposed communist doctrine. Up to this day TIBET is occupied by Communist China.
      NOW present day they are doing it again Communist China occupying the Philippine SEA and Spratly Islands are their according to their history book. In process they are getting some territory of Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan.
      If you read along the line NAZI invaded other country take their resources in order for German race will prevail. So analyzing the story, the patern of what Communist China is doing in Philippine and the Spratly Isaland is the as what the NAZI invading other country for them to get the resources so that NAZI or Communist Chinese HUMAN Life Traditionwill pravail and survive. and then wife out other human race except the chinese that is the true story friend. Thank you AH! AH!!!!AH!!!!!!

    3. CorneliusJ. on

      China is acting like the new villain of the world reminisced of what the Nazi did in Europe during WWII, grabbing every inch of territories. Probably a new Winston Churchill will arise out of its midst

    4. “China will not violate international laws nor harm others to benefit itself. However, it will safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests,”

      That’s complete and utter bullshit. China is already violating international laws by using their own basis to lay claim over the islands and not the internationally accepted 200-nautical mile radius.

    5. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      Do you ever noticed the reasoning of China compared with the Binays’ (and UNAs) response/s to the P16billion that the Binays stole from the government? Both the Binays and China have the same kind of reasoning. They have exactly the same reasons that even a kindergarten student will say its childish and reasons for an immature person. When will these two (China and Binay) accept the fact that they are both thieves and wrong.

    6. What China says a bullsit and nonsense,everybody knows that the illegal activities still going on ,they brought military equipment and other depense machine for future purposes.Recently the pilipino fisherment was water canon and pushed them away.Never ( China )cooperate to talk about the legality of the claims.China always saying follow the rules what rules they followed their ass!.They’re liar and the king of cheating.China have a long outstanding dispute with India about the boundary.Imagine that how China greedy nation,have problem everywhere.

    7. ““What [international] law forbids China to conduct reasonable construction on its own islands and reefs? What law allows close reconnaissance by warships and planes of another country’s islands and reefs? What law allows the infringement of sovereignty and legitimate rights and interests in the name of freedom of navigation?” she asked”
      Hey lady ,it’s the sea ! You are building those islands and reefs in international waters! What is it in that statement you find hard to understand? If you want war, well, maybe you should be careful what you wish for! Just because you have a million men in your army doesn’t mean you cannot be reduced to rubbles!

    8. sonny dela cruz on

      China according to HUA doesn’t violateD INTERNATIONAL LAW because they don’t understand what an international law is, in the first place. VERY VERY DUMB alibi. How dumb this Communist is? They said the Philippines is arresting their fishermen in the Philippine waters of Palawan. Do you believe that? Their arguments are not base on a reasonable and justified actions.They took a pen and marked the map of the China sea and say this is ours, the DASHED LINE they created. They look like a small child whatever they think is theirs. Now, how the world will understand this kind of mentality who ever is creating this situation in the region to be sure HE/SHE is not a SICK person. HUA should think first before she open her mouth, look on to her people first if they are not sick and one piece of advice, please read and understand word for word very carefully what International law is saying about law of the sea & air and encroachment of nation’s sovereignty. STOP LYING AND UNDERSTAND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW.
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