China slams Philippine leader remarks on disputed islands
Iran Press TV
Fri Feb 7, 2014 4:54PM GMT
A senior Chinese official has strongly denounced the Philippine President Benigno Aquino for his 'outrageous' comments against China.
This comes after Aquino compared the dispute between Manila and Beijing over the South China Sea with appeasement by the West of Nazi Germany before the World War II.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, on Friday angrily reacted to the remarks, saying it was the Philippines that was illegally occupying Chinese islands in the South China Sea.
'Talking about China and the Philippines' South China Sea dispute in the same breath as World War II is outrageous and totally unreasonable. China is extremely dissatisfied with what the Philippines said,' Hong told a news briefing in Beijing.
Chinese government officials have also strongly condemned a recent report that Beijing was considering setting up a new air defense zone in the South China Sea, similar to the one it announced last year for the East China Sea.
Hong also said Washington needed to be more responsible and stop spreading rumors put about by 'right-wing Japanese forces.'
Beijing has long been engaged in a dispute with Tokyo over the sovereignty of the group of the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which are known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.
China is also locked in territorial rows with the Philippines over wide swaths of the South China Sea and has said it might set up a similar zone there.
Senior Chinese officials have repeatedly called on Washington not to take sides over the issue.
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