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Beijing rejects island dispute comments

(China Daily)

13:23, April 25, 2012

BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Beijing on Tuesday criticized Manila's attempt to expand the Huangyan Island dispute over the entire South China Sea and rejected Manila's accusation over the freedom of navigation.

Huangyan Island has been an integral part of China's territory since ancient times, and the Philippines' groundless claim over the island's sovereignty is "the fundamental cause" of the complicated situation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.

His remarks were made in response to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who accused China on Monday of "claiming virtually the entire South China Sea".

"Expanding the Huangyan Island dispute to involve the entire South China Sea makes no sense," Liu said at a daily news conference.

Also on Monday, the foreign secretary said "the message is" that China "can set the rules for anybody".

"I think the current standoff is a manifestation of a larger threat to many nations," del Rosario told ABS-CBN TV network in an interview.

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez also said that China is posing "a potential threat to freedom of navigation as well as unimpeded commerce in the area".

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ASEAN at 2012-04-27220.255.2.*
@ filipino ( IP:121.97.255 ). If you recently discovered that there are lots gold on the piece of wasteland that belong to your family for generations and all your neighbours come to know about that as well. Out of the blue, all your immediate neighbours start claiming that piece of waste lands as theirs. Will you fight it in courts when you are 100% sure that the wastelands belong to your family for generations? Of course no body with a good mind will fight it in court. You too will not fight it in court. Because, by fighting it in court, there is a possibility that what is rightfully yours for generations will be lost to one of your neighbours in court battle. So, it does not hold water here in this argument. In this case, Philippines will have nothing to lose but everything to gain in International Court. Why I say that ? Because these islands in South China Seas does not belong to you in the first place and if you win in court, it is a bonus. For China, it is the reverse. China have nothing to gain but everything to lose in court because the islands are rightfully theirs for generations and if they go to court, there is a possibility the international court is biased ( and it is indeed biased ) and they lose every islands of theirs. Those people who insists of going to the so call International Court are the one who does not own these islands from the start. Another example, UK now claims ownership of Falkland islands. You think UK will fight these islands with Argentina in the international open court ? Of course not, if they are willing to fight it in international court, there would have no Falklands War in 1982. Also someone argue that the islands in South China Seas are nearer to Philippines than China. Are not the islands in Falklands many times nearer to Argentina than UK ? Are not Hawaii islands nearer to Fiji than the US mainland ? So ownership of islands got nothing to do with distances.
PD User at 2012-04-26120.166.54.*
we all know the Philippines is a small and poor countries, therefore it is not surprising if they want to rob Chinese-owned property
PD User at 2012-04-26183.39.43.*
Filipino political and military dogs could only repeat like parrots hanging upside down, sack and murder their own Presidents such as Marc…, …... and export their own souls ( maids * labourers ) off shore to earn money for Philippines. It is certainly proving to the world how shabby and useless they could be within their Philippines. The rest of the military top brasses and wayward politicians are just kneeing down on "big bug uncle sam" for more and more American public bucks by examples are far worse in moral standards than exported maids and labourers. Who are the losers? Of course, the ordinary American folks back home without a speck of doubt! The question is, “why is China funding the USA which in turn is using the fund to feed those outrageous and unfaithful Asian axis-of-evils, such as this Philippines by holding up to USD Trillion worth of debt papers and USD?”. Funny, indeed!
filipino at 2012-04-25121.97.255.*
chinese people are very strong in expressing their reasoning here. why don"t you come out into a neutral ground, say in the international tribunal, and engage in a fair reasoning battle with the filipino people. china doesn"t want that because it knows how it"s groundless claim will be exposed to the world.
HuoQiao at 2012-04-2575.72.239.*
Why arguing? Isn"t every body say "entire south China sea"? If every body use the word CHINA SEA, doesn"t it say who own it?

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