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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.
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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.
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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: al from: Canada
July 24, 2012 1:33 AM
I support the Philippine president!

by: Vin from: US
July 24, 2012 12:41 AM
Phillipine is legally fighting to Chinese war ship if they are in Phillipine territories why Phillipine wait for just shoot them. Whole world will support Phillipine.
Chinese war ship run away and never come back to claim their territories. If you don't do so very soon where world China will claim their own.
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by: nolan
July 25, 2012 5:56 AM
China ships have the right navigating on any China's territories including South China Sea.
Just like American ships can sail to Hawaii free.
Why we can't?
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by: Phil
July 24, 2012 4:26 AM
China is holding a seat at United Nation to establish no conduct sea law in South China Sea that the way China used the danger power to control its but they are violating international law to other countries.
Here what China has been doing:
1) Sent fishermen boats to pretend working on the backyards
2) Sent National guards to patrol
3) Announcing newest city just establish with government and military support.
Regardless other countries to claim their territories.
NO LAW...... Only CHINA LAW. All things are mine if it is your still belong to me too.

by: noname from: korea
July 24, 2012 12:14 AM
Ain't Taiwan a part of China?
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by: nolan
July 25, 2012 5:47 AM
I think Seoul does not belong to South korea. it blongs to north korea including the whole South korea.

by: laldo from: mumbai
July 23, 2012 11:27 PM
If someone enters your yard and told you he owns it, will you allow that"It's not right to give away what is rightfully ours. The SCS has become Asia's biggest potential military flashpoint as China sovereignty claim over the huge area against Vietnam and the Philippines.
Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have claims on parts of the seas where china has begun "combat-ready" patrols in waters under its control in the South China Seas.China sailors intrudes in Russia,Japan maritime waters illegally which is common & the world shud stand up for its rights,what the Americans are doing to free maritime issue in SCS along with its allies is good to counter Chinese atrocities.

by: Duong Van Minh from: Vietnam
July 23, 2012 10:59 PM
Reply to Zhangxueqin fromChina: All Chinese Dynasties were notorious for invading and occupying weaker countries, killing people and robbing properties there. To have pretexts for doing those dirty things they usually framed up historical recordings to show that all lands and seas belonged to China. Their historical recordings have never been recognized globally because they are absurd. Today Chinese government is acting as a true pirate State. They bully smaller countries, kill other countries' fishmen, invade and occupy other's lands, seas and islands. More dangerously, It educates its people that all seas, lands belong to the PRC, a fascist idea.
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by: Hoang from: Canada
July 25, 2012 7:31 AM
To Komtech(Chinese) from U.S,
You must mean China instead of Vietnam. The U.S and China did agree for China to invade Vietnam in 1979 and Vietnamese farmers and women taught the PRC army as lesson.
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by: badname from: mars
July 24, 2012 1:35 PM
i am just tired of your debates and hatred!!! no country is that bad, and no country is that good. everyone is ready to attack other countries!!!meaningless!
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by: Deng Park from: South Korea
July 24, 2012 7:27 AM
China is a nation of Thief. Your absolutely right
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by: Komtech from: USA
July 24, 2012 4:24 AM
Vietnam is the enemy of the world, they cheated everyone, including US, Russia, China .... Vietnamese are crocodile that's willing to kill everyone for her own benefit, including her closed friends. Vietname invaded Lao and Jampa and Cambodia. Now it's time that China and US and Russia should destroy Vietnam from the world map.
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by: Jessie from: Beijing
July 24, 2012 2:21 AM
Your words are absurd. Our government never told us what you said above. If you do not have evidence, please stop spreading rumors.

by: Jojo from: U.S.
July 23, 2012 9:29 PM
China is the Nazi of the 21 century. After oppressing the people of Tibet and other weak nation, China has also occupied huge area in India. Now they want to occupy the West Philippines sea. China is stricken these poverty nation of Philippines with its own resources. China slams all small fishing boat within Philippines territory. No wonder these country has been humiliated in the fast because of their greediness. I hope someone help Philippines or else China will occupied weak ASEAN country like laos, cambodia. China thinking he's still in middle aged time.
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by: Rommel from: US
July 24, 2012 6:10 AM
China is a Nation of crooks.. This countries don't respect any laws. They're exploiter of any nation. They produce products that are not safe for human consumption so that they can sell it a really cheap price. They steal intellectual properties. After getting rich from all the illegal activities they do.. They're arm themselves so that they steal more like the resources in south china sea and seas of the Philippines...
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by: Jessie from: Beijing
July 24, 2012 2:27 AM
Nazi of the 21 century? Are you kidding me. Actually China is a country facing hostile neighbours but China is still kind to every nation. Please do not spread rumors.
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by: RollingStone from: China
July 24, 2012 1:12 AM
I know the history of China. It is all about grabbing lands from neighboring countries and prosecuting its own people. I agree with Jojo that Chinese is the Asian Nazi of our time.

Actually Zhangxueqin, you are the one who have no knowledge of your own history, because you being feed with lies and propaganda by your own government. Your country invented your own history to justify your baseless claims.
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by: peter
July 24, 2012 1:09 AM
@Zhangxueqin, First of all, don't front your history! on this matter because each country(who claiming it) has their own history on the said place.. Historical rights is the ridiculous and stupidest evidence. If that would be the basis, all Europe should be give back to the Itary (Roman empire). Chinese government should not imposed their history as the right one or to be honored by other countries like Vientman or Philippines because they also have their own history on that dispute island. People in Vietnam and Philippines are not stupid like the chinese people who always controlled and manipulated by their communist government.

China should respect the United Nation Law of the Sea and stop their greediness. We have international law of the sea by the united nation, China is one of the signatories. Look? china has a dispute territory with India, Tibet, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Philippines. Now tell me who is greedy and out of line?

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by: Steve J. from: US
July 24, 2012 12:40 AM
There are negative comments from information blinded guys who always release disgusting words to other countries w/o proper proofs and reasons. They know nothhing about history and law on territory disputes. They just try to show their position HATE CHINA. That is it!
So no need to argue with such sort of guys (they are Vietnamese).
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by: Alan from: China
July 24, 2012 12:24 AM
I think you should refer to Chinese history before you comment on my country. Truth to be told, i hate the government. I hate the Communist Party not only because they oppress our people who is without weapon, but also lose our territory, lose our dignity when facing with other countries. We feel ashamed that we are bullied by countries such as Vietnam, Philippines , North Korean and so on, some of which have been friends of us before.
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by: Zhangxueqin from: China
July 23, 2012 10:17 PM
You actually knows nothing of China, and its territory.Have you been to Tibet? Do you know the history of those disputed territories? Do you have any evidence to show those territories not China's? Before you making any irresponsible remarks , pls first read the history of China and learn the truth, then I'm sure you feel humiliated for your ridiculous ignorance.

by: maoxiejung from: Uganda
July 23, 2012 6:19 PM
We came to work in the Africa and Middle East countries in the same purposes to boost up our economy as well as to set our foot in the intention of our government to spy in all aspects for conquering this world in shortest years as it could while Americans are busy to make wars around this world to skim the money from their own people with never mind or careless to cripple their country their government used to work very well with our government to transfer the technologies in wide ranges - Just from last decade now we could landed to the moon and our internet technology will cripple you country further troubles - all adjacent countries around us are not strong enough to stand by their own will be long to China later even the countries in our North ward - Our leaders are telling us : China will rule this globe US and Russia and all others will take our commands in later years very soon ......We the small citizens have no choices but following them and chant them for better life but in our heart we're living in the very large prison running by very brutal,vicuous gang killers who holding all channels of our government ......Peace to the world out there and pray for our people too !!! respect to all !!!!
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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
July 23, 2012 11:11 PM
Hi buddy, so stay at Uganda and enjoy your free life, congratulations!
I am sure nobody force you to go back China. And you dont have to work for Chinese companies. So enjoy your live with monkeys and elephants.
But for most oversea Chinese we applaud the rise of China.
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by: goodh2O from: Naga City, Philippines
July 23, 2012 10:54 PM
we will have of our time.
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by: Hi from: China
July 23, 2012 9:30 PM
From the spelling of your name, you are not real chinese. You are not a honest man, who want to cheat other people, and leave a bad fame of chinese to other country.
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by: hsujintao from: china
July 23, 2012 8:45 PM
kick out all ethic chinese from your countries and send them back to china. Also stop buying chinese made products and see how fast chinese economy will collapse.
Thats how you deal with bully!!!!
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