Sunday, February 9, 2014
Malacanang Urges China to Not Focus on PNoy But Instead Join Peace Talks
Malacanang yesterday urged the Chinese government not to focus on the recent statement by Pres. Aquino and participate instead on the arbitration proceedings before the international tribunal. PNoy drew flak from the Chinese media after he made his "Hitler" remarks where he compared China's claims in the West Philippine Sea with Nazi Germany's occupation of Czechoslovakia in the 1930's. In an interview with the New York Times last week, PNoy urged world leaders not to make the same appeasement and instead resist China's wrong claims in the Philippine territory. Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei said Aquino's remarks are "inconceivable and unreasonable" saying that the Chinese are "shocked at and dissatisfied with the remarks from the Philippine side." Pres. Spokesperson Lacierda however said the territorial dispute is now with the international tribunal. The Palace official said China can't have it's way of having dialogue with the country as it's nine dash line involves several other countries. Lacierda also stressed that the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines doesn't make the overall bilateral relations between the 2 countries. The Malacanang officials meanwhile welcomed the proposal of some Filipino-Chinese businessmen to conduct a dialogue with Hong Kong and Chinese governments to resolve their respective issues with the country. The Hong Kong government has imposed sanctions on the Philippines by removing it's Visa-free privilege for diplomatic and official passport holders as the Philippine government stood it's ground not to express it's apology for the Manila Bus Hostage incident in August, 2010.
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