Saturday, February 8, 2014

China slams Aquino over South China Sea dispute

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman has denounced Philippine President Benigno Aquino for his remarks over a territorial dispute between the 2 countries.

Spokesman Hong Lei on Friday referred to Aquino's interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday.

Aquino argued that China is trying to have his country abandon part of its sovereignty. He compared China's claims over a group of islands in the South China Sea to invasions by Nazi Germany. He called for international support to contain China.

Hong criticized the president for comparing the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines to World War Two, and called the comparison senseless.

Hong also responded to growing speculation that China will establish an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea. The country created such a zone over the East China Sea last year.

The spokesman said no country has the right to say anything about China's actions, including establishing the zone. He denied the speculations as baseless.