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Philippines Slams China's Establishment of Sansha City in South China Sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, is given a thumbs-up sign by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, left, while House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte looks on, after he delivers his third State of the Nation address Monday July 23, 2012. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, is given a thumbs-up sign by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, left, while House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte looks on, after he delivers his third State of the Nation address Monday July 23, 2012.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, is given a thumbs-up sign by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, left, while House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte looks on, after he delivers his third State of the Nation address Monday July 23, 2012.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, is given a thumbs-up sign by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, left, while House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte looks on, after he delivers his third State of the Nation address Monday July 23, 2012.
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino says his country will not back down in a territorial dispute with China.
Aquino made the statement Monday in his annual state of the union address, reacting to China's establishment on Sunday of Sansha city across several disputed islands of the South China Sea. China refers to the islands as Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha.

Beijing’s planned deployment of a military garrison to Sansha brought a swift response from President Aquino. He said, “If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?"

Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012.Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012.
Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012.
Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012.
Vietnam has also criticized the establishment of Sansha, calling it "serious violation" of Hanoi's sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly chains, which it claims as part of Danang city and Khanh Hoa province respectively.

The territories under dispute are also claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

China’s most recent deployment to the islands was the latest move in an altercation that flared up in April between Chinese and Philippine ships near Scarborough Shoal.

President Aquino’s remarks came in the middle of his state of the nation address announcing economic reforms achieved since former President Gloria Arroyo’s corruption-laden administration, while highlighting the strengthening of the Philippine military.

In addition to the $30 million provided by Washington to help create a national coast watch center, Aquino mentioned the anticipated arrival of more than 40 military aircraft to be delivered over the next two years to augment the country’s strategic defense.

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by: jose katipunan from: us
July 26, 2012 11:56 PM


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by: Sentrynox from: Montreal
July 27, 2012 11:57 AM
Wow! Your arguments are really superficial! Boycotting chinese products, when all Wal-Marts feeds the US on goods, they can't afford because the economy is too low... Besides, Tibet was part of China for centuries, it only went away a few years when China was busy surviving the collapse of their Empire...
As for those Islands, China claimed them when those countries were mere tribes during the Ming Dynasty! They even use to give tributes to China. But now that the US has become their big brother, they can barks... But barks remains barks!

The truth, is if China imports stops for a reason or another, the US economy will collapse way below the economic depression of 1929... And peoples will start asking for a war...

by: Charlie from: UK
July 26, 2012 9:19 AM
How could Chinese people make outrageous comments like these? Chinese people love peace.We never invade any country...How did China get to its presrnt size today? Through waes,aggressions,killings.Who massacred thousands of Chinese in Tianmen Square in 1989? China. Who invaded and annexed Tibet in 1951? China.Who invaded and seized the Paracel islands from Vietnam in 1974? China. Who invaded Vietnam in 1979,murdering thousands of Vietnamese,destroying everything in their paths? China. Who now wants to take over the whole of South China Sea by force without giving a toss about international laws? China again.If China just carries on like this,itit is bound to be doomed! Forget short term economic beonfits from China.Beware of long term losses and dangers when China controls everything
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by: Charlotte from: UK
July 27, 2012 11:18 AM
Don't you think you are silly on Tianmen Square issue in 1989? It's about politics but nothing about China's territory!
To me it's funny to see a 'British' people commenting about invasion, think about your own history!

by: Kenny from: Canada
July 25, 2012 9:50 PM
Hell is belong to monter china too.

July 25, 2012 12:53 AM
Reply to Komtech: Are you a Cambodian? Do you know who killed 2.2 millions Cambodians in the late 70s? It was the Khmer Rouge Regime!!! Who was the Khmer Rouge's teacher? It was the PRC. Who saved the remaining Cambodians from being exterminate. It is Vienamese people. That's history. So Shut up and keep your pumkin head thingking.

by: Robin Aguila from: California
July 24, 2012 1:47 PM

China is a communist nation. This is historically a nation that operates arbitrarily and without regard to the rest of the world. They have taken advantage of every situation that they possibly can (i.e. entering into business with every UN sanctioned country that is willing to deal with it)
even dealing with rogue nations, dictators and terrorist sponsoring nations. What can you expect from a communist nation? Don't fool yourself into thinking that China will be a humanitarian nation, it will only do so if it is to its benefit. Wait a few more years when this nation advances some more technologically and financially, then you will shudder to see how our world will be with a mightier China. This country right now, is satan's most potent weapon.
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by: Hoang from: Canada
July 26, 2012 1:36 PM
To Wendy,
You are right The present Vietnamese government is also an evil Communist country but it is the lesser of two evils, the greater is China. The Vietnamese Communist gave much of Vietnamese territories to China. China claims entire East Sea and kill innocent Vietnamese fishermen. Hoang Sa(Paracel) and Truong Sa(Spratly) islands belong to the Vietnamese people.
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by: Lenny from: U,S,A
July 26, 2012 12:51 PM
I just wanted to point out to Wendy From China that China invaded Tibet
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by: Wendy from: China
July 26, 2012 2:39 AM
Whether these islands are China's or not has nothing to do with our social system. Yes, indeed. China is a communist country which western countries consider to be evil. But we have never invaded in another country, like Iraq or Afghanistan.
P.S. Vietnam is an "evil" communist nation as well. Please don't forget that.
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by: RJ from: CA
July 25, 2012 8:51 PM
Do you even understand what Communism mean? I'll let you know that it has nothing to do with operating arbitrarily and without regard to others. Communism is primarily an economic ideal stating that everything should belong to everyone in the country. It has nothing to do with what youre talking about.
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by: Nolan from: China
July 25, 2012 5:37 AM
Hello guy, You never understand China and Chinese. Chinese love the peace very much!
We never invade other countries,like as Iraq, Afghanistan,Panama,Libya;We never threaten the legal goverment to drop, like as Syria. And never support the rebels to fight with the legal goverment lead to blood.
we never bomb other country lead the human beings dead, like as Pakistan.
Oppositionally American has done all of the doggone things.
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by: kevin wang
July 25, 2012 3:18 AM
calling a whole race of people the "most potent weapon" of satan is a extremely unthoughtful comment. i know my parents are not and neither are yours and the the people around us. so by cursing an entire race this only proves whom is the real man who is possessed by the demon
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by: Anonymous
July 24, 2012 11:12 PM
hi Robin, What is wrong with communist- they have been there for a long time and everything goes well- especially economically. Why do yankees support the rebelions in Arabic countries- stupid logic.

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
July 24, 2012 11:34 AM
Democratic Taiwan also claim whole south China sea! Taiwan published ROC map including whole south China sea at 1932. And Taiwan occupied Taiping island in 1947. ROC is the first legal administrative in south China sea. Vietnam and Filipinos you didn't have administrative in SCS before 1947, did you? So SCS belongs to China!
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by: Hoang from: Canada
July 25, 2012 7:25 AM
China and Taiwan never made claim to SCS before 1947. Just because Taiwan made a claim doesn't mean they are right. Vietnam has historical evidence Hoang Sa(Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands belong to Vietnam. Neither China nor Taiwan want to go to international court to give evidence because their claim is weak. China wants to negotiate bilaterally to bully small countries and China has no basis for it's claim except for an old Mongolian map.
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by: Ian from: USA
July 24, 2012 8:43 PM
Johnathan , again you are wrong .
If you want to date your information (your were all recent events)The Dai Viet history record (1676-1789) described that under the vietnamese Le & Trinh dynasty, by the ordered of vice roy Trinh Sam (year 1775) , in details the activities of the Hoang sa regiment.
Again in the 15th year of emperor Gia Long (1816) , the emperor dispatched the Hoang Sa regiment to these islands to record as well as plant his flag to claim his sovereignty for these islands .He also established a military outpost there in order to help vietnamese fishermen. In 1836 king Minh Mang established his order that from that year onward, every January, Vietnam would send a navy troop out to physically measure, draw up, and put on record these islands that belong to Vietnam. As far as we know, (in 1909) the Guang Dong province (of China) pretended that these islands were unclaimed, brought in a ship, fired 21 rounds and put a flag.
Wikipedia is a source , it is not to be considered as a ultimate authority in information ( it is only as good as limited knowledge of the conrtributors)
By the way, look at the latest new from VOA today (about the China Map), your own China printed a map showed that you have never owned these islands.

by: Anonymous
July 24, 2012 10:17 AM
Read the book :Death By China to know exactly what China today made out of. if you want to know China.

by: hko from: china
July 24, 2012 4:07 AM
The western power and Japan invaded china in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century ,then divided up Chinese territory,perpetrated massacres, burned the old summer palace and so on,but history doesn't repeat itself.Chinese never some western power want to interfere in China's internal affairs and urge to philippine,Japan and vietnam against China.ur tentions are unrealistic and unsuccessful. China will maintain territorial integrity and we would like to devote our lives.
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by: Hoang Trung Dung from: Capital of Viet Nam
August 07, 2012 6:06 AM
i find that: china is country of thief. they don't respect law of united nation. shame on them. want to protest against china, every countries in asean have to league, cooperate each other. right of them will get better, it is so enough to encounter china. every ones should view on map and zoom carefully. you will see they are greedy how?
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by: Anonymous from: China
July 26, 2012 9:46 AM
That line of thought is just from a result of chinese mass brainwashing propaganda !!!
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by: Deng Park from: South Korea
July 24, 2012 8:34 AM
China is run by a thugs. They are crooks who make money from the robbery they are doing to other nation.
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by: KopyKatKiller from: China
July 24, 2012 8:11 AM
If Chinese people are too stupid to get rid of the idiots running China, then you'll give your life for their worthless cause and good riddance ;o)

by: CR from: china
July 24, 2012 3:27 AM
Aquino is only role-playing the clown in the world as so to escape domestic economy problem. There are fully of poverty, economy weak in Philippine.South China Sea has been inherent part of China's territory from ancient times。China has sufficient evidence to if Aquino wants to challenge china, he will be submerged in south china sea.
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by: Anonymous
July 27, 2012 6:12 AM
China, you better stay out of the Philippine waters!
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by: KopyKatKiller from: China
July 24, 2012 8:13 AM
China doesn't have any evidence, the government is lying as usual. I've seen the oldest known map of China and it doesn't even include all of guangdong let alone a piles of rocks in the South Sea.

by: yang from: china
July 24, 2012 2:06 AM
one of your sons was missing, now he is making his appearance who is claimed by more than one person, and he is calling to be returned to his parents. to do or not to do, that's the question
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