DFA: China expansion ‘driven by might’

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Thursday, February 6, 2014


THE foreign affairs department on Thursday took a cue from President Benigno Aquino III in insisting that China is wrongfully asserting its right over the West Philippine Sea just as what history has shown to the world.

In a brief statement, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez lamented how China is repeating mistakes of the past in trying to assert its right in the disputed waters through unilateral actions.

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

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He noted of the "9-dash line" imposition of the Chinese government to draw the extent of its claim over the disputed South China Sea waters as the best example of making claims "driven by might."

"Expansionism in the form of the 9-dash line in the South China Sea is in gross violation of the rule of law and threatens peace and stability," said Hernandez.

Instead of forcibly trying to make claims, the DFA spokesperson urged Chinese officials to simply heed to the rules set by the international community.

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

In an interview with The New York Times, Aquino compared the Chinese leadership to Nazi's Adolf Hitler during the pre-World War II era as his way to persuade the global community to support the Philippines against the advances of China in the disputed waters.

Aquino noted how Europe had failed to support Czechoslovakia against the demand of Hitler to gain control over the Sudetenland in 1938 by opting to give it to the Austrian dictator.

To note, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei all have partial claims in the territory, which is being claimed in whole by China. (HDT/Sunnex)

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