China is not pleased—”shocked”, even—about the comments made by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III comparing China to Nazi Germany (although this is the second time it’s happened).
Specifically, Aquino referred to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying that it reminds him of “how Germany was testing the waters and response of various other European powers”.
“Up to the annexation of the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia, nobody said stop. If somebody had said stop to Hitler at the point in time, or to Germany at that time, we would have avoided WWII,” Aquino said during a speech delivered in Japan (the salt on the wound).
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying officially responded to the remarks on Wednesday, saying that Beijing was “shocked” by the “absurd and unreasonable” comparison, according to CCTV News.
“It is the Philippines that has been illegally occupying some islets of China’s Nansha Islands by force since the 1990s,” Hua hit back.
“We once again seriously warn certain people in the Philippines to cast aside their illusions, stop provocations and instigation, and return to the correct path, of using bilateral channels to talk and resolve this dispute,” she said.
Aquino’s comments came days after US President Barack Obama urged China and other regional powers to “stop throwing elbows” while addressing growing tensions in the South China Sea.
Hua stressed that China’s activities in the disputed area are “legitimate and reasonable” and asked Japan and the US to “please tell us, which article [of international law] forbids China to conduct reasonable construction projects on its own islands?”
“We oppose any misinterpretation of international law,” said Hua.