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China has sufficient means to cope with the Philippines

By Qin Hong (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:38, May 10, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

In early 1990s, Deng Xiaoping put forward the strategic thinking of "Hide our capacities to bide our time and do something worthwhile" on the basis of summing up historical experience. Over the past 20 years, China has firmly grasped the strategic opportunity period, firmly implemented this strategic policy and focused on development.

Consequently, China's total economic output has quadrupled and has become the world's second largest economic entity. China's international status has significantly improved and the country has played an increasingly important role in international affairs. The achievements have proved the correctness of this policy, so China must move ahead along this road unswervingly.

Some people are uncomfortable with China's rapid development, and thus try to overtly or covertly contain China. What is more, the Philippines, who thought that the Chinese do not want to make trouble, flagrantly violated the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of All Parties in the South China Sea and provoked disputes on the issue of the South China Sea.

The Philippines sent warships to harass our fishing vessels that work normally around the Huangyan Island at first and seriously violated our territorial sovereignty as well as the safety of our fishermen and ships. After China took some diplomatic measures, the Philippines persisted on flexing its muscles and continued to provoke. They strengthened military deployment in the waters of the Huangyan Island, submitted the ownership of Huangyan Island to international arbitration, and asked the United States and ASEAN to intervene in this issue. Even some senior Philippine officials released irresponsible statements, attributing the responsibility of expanding the state of this affair to the Chinese ambassadors and embassy in the Philippines in an arrogant attitude.

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