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Manila Protesters Demand China Withdraw Sea Claim

  • Protesters display placards while shouting slogans outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila against China's construction in a disputed area of the South China Sea, June 12, 2014.
  • Protesters display placards as they march to the Chinese consulate office in Manila, June 12, 2014.
  • Protesters display placards showing national hero Apolinario Mabini, while shouting slogans outside the Chinese Consulate, Manila, June 12, 2014.
  • Protesters display placards with images of national hero Apolinario Mabini as they march to the Chinese consulate office in Manila, June 12, 2014.
Anti-China Protest at Chinese Embassy in Manila
VOA News
Philippine activists gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Thursday to demand Beijing withdraw its claims to disputed areas of the South China Sea.

Dozens of protesters took part in the peaceful demonstration, which came on the 116th anniversary of the Philippines' independence from Spain.

One demonstrator, Marivie dela Fuente, said China's so-called "nine-dash line" claims in the South China Sea infringe on the Philippines' sovereignty. "Get out of my country, China. Nobody likes you. The world hates you, China. Get out. Stay within your borders. The nine-dash line is a farce. The nine-dash line is nothing but something you made up. Go away, China. Go away."

China and the Philippines both claim territory in the resource-rich and strategic South China Sea, which Manila refers to as the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines earlier this year challenged the legality of China's claims to an international tribunal in The Hague. Beijing was angered by the move and has refused to participate in the case.

Beijing claims nearly all of the 2.5-million square kilometer South China Sea, putting it at odds with the claims of the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

Material from Reuters was used in this report.

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by: Oli from: Las Vegas
June 18, 2014 6:56 PM
China has planned these actions decades ago. Because of their historical shame of allowing other countries to chop it up. Now it is positioned as a wealthy country cheating its way to domination. Get with it world, these are not good people. Bowing and smiling while they plot world domination. They have been buying into other counties to get visas to come to America. It's a planned invasion years in making!

by: Wangchuk from: NY
June 18, 2014 11:05 AM
The PRC's belligerent & provocative actions in the South & East China Seas demonstrate their hegemonistic attitude in Asia. The CCP views China as the Middle Kingdom and expects everyone else to kowtow to them. Territorial disputes could be resolved peacefully through diplomacy or legally through an int'l tribunal. But the PRC refuses to negotiate or participate in int'l law. Asian nations should stand united against PRC imperialism.

by: bobby from: waldorf u s a
June 13, 2014 7:32 AM
a war business is a good business! the china wants!

by: Bernard from: USA
June 13, 2014 12:27 AM
If you really hate China, boycot china products. Spread the word. Don't buy scrap products from china, don't be so hypocrite. Don't depend on china products.
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by: joe
June 13, 2014 3:31 AM
Philippines ,Chinese people are buzy,you play by yourself.hehe.......

by: manndmann from: Martian
June 12, 2014 3:40 PM
Go away China, you are not invited here, the world hates you, go away..nobody likes you a twisted mind troublemaker, liar go away...

by: Chi Le from: USA
June 12, 2014 1:48 PM
If China really wanted peace and its EEZ was legal, I would not know why Beijing had refused to participate in the case which the Philippines filed.
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by: Mhey from: Jeddah
June 12, 2014 3:28 PM
China gov't. is afraid to face the truth that West Philippine sea belongs to Philippines

by: Anonymous
June 12, 2014 10:50 AM
To Marivie dela Fuente: I am even a little lazy to tell you that you are not qualified to represent the world

by: meanbill from: USA
June 12, 2014 10:44 AM
TRUTH BE TOLD -- The Chinese "Nine Dash line" and it's (EEZ) is legal, and it's legality in (any) court of law, (wherever, or whatever the court is), is a waste of time -- (BUT?) -- peaceful protests may have China listen, and maybe share?
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by: ramiru from: asia
June 13, 2014 3:05 AM
"Nine Dash line" and it's (EEZ) is legal?

Then prove it to the international court. Its just simple as that.
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by: Huong from: US
June 12, 2014 1:15 PM
@Thuy
The rulings of a court are not a sure thing. Anyway, it is a moot point since China will not agree to participate.
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by: Thuy from: USA
June 12, 2014 12:25 PM
"Legal" to China government court only. I want to see we're going to bring this issue up to the International Law to solve the dispute in peace.

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