MANILA, Philippines – Reacting to what it described as “serial a*****s” against Chinese citizens, one state-run newspaper has blasted the Philippines as a “quasi-rogue” state.
It also demanded Benigno Aquino III to publicly apologize for the supposed a*****s.
Global Times, an English paper run by the Communist Party of China’s official publication The People’s Daily, stated in its September 16 edition that “Poor social governance, an anti-China sentiment, and a Western-style democratic system where nationalism can foment wantonly make the Philippines a quasi-rogue state.”
According to the editorial, the recent spate of a*****s against Chinese citizens in the Philippines was somehow related to the current maritime spat between the two countries.
One Chinese national was shot and wounded while two others were kidnapped inside the country on Sept. 8 and 11 respectively.
The editorial also cited the 2010 Luneta hostage crisis that left 8 Hong Kong tourists d**d and the 2013 killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by members of the Philippine Coast Guard.
It blamed Philippine officials for stirring up anti-Chinese nationalism among its citizens, which in turn is being exploited by criminals so that they could escape punishment for their crimes against Chinese citizens.
Consequently, it called on President Benigno Aquino to make a public apology and severely punish the “anti-Chinese” perpetrators to restore their trust in the Philippine government’s ability to protect their nationals.
The two countries are locked in a bitter dispute over a territory in the West Philippine Sea, a resource-rich area which is also one of the world’s busiest and most vital shipping lanes. China claims almost all of it, while the Philippines and several other Southeast Asian countries claim portions of it.
The Philippines has brought the dispute to an international court; a move which China has rebuffed. Instead, it has continued building permanent settlements on the islands it is occupying.