Chinese news anchor’s territory remark unintentional—Del Rosario

Albert del Rosario, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, US

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario believes that a China Central Television’s (CCTV) nationwide broadcast on Monday declaring the Philippines a part of China was unintentional.

In a text message, Del Rosario on Thursday noted “Beijing, I am sure, does not want to be depicted as being in an expansionist move.”

“Perhaps, this should be declared as an inadvertent statement by [the Chinese government-run] media network,” Del Rosario told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Zhang Hua, the spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City, meanwhile, explained “it is apparently a lapse of words by the (CCTV) anchor, and as far as I know, the anchor herself has made clarification for it.”

“I don’t think this is something worth a comment,” said Zhang, also deputy chief of the embassy’s political section.

According to an Agence France-Press report, CCTV anchor He Jia accidentally called the Philippines as part of Chinese territory in an embarrassing gaffe as tensions between the two Asian neighbors over the Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) run high.

He apparently meant to say that the rock formation, which Beijing calls Huangyan Island and referred to by Manila as Bajo de Masinloc and Panatag Shoal, belongs to China.

“We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty. This is an indisputable fact,” the news reader said in the CCTV broadcast, which has since disappeared from the network’s website but is available elsewhere on the web.

Meanwhile, the Filipino-American civic group US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) assailed the CCTV broadcast as a “Freudian slip” and “another sign of China’s arrogance.”

Rodel Rodis, the San Francisco, California-based president of USP4GG, said in a phone interview “the Chinese were expressing what they really feel about the Philippines … That TV broadcast was not inadvertent. It’s intentional.”

Del Rosario dismissed as “grossly irresponsible” a warning issued by the Global Times, one of China’s most popular newspapers, that nations involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea – including the Philippines – should “mentally prepare for the sounds of cannons” if they remain at loggerheads with Beijing.

He said that the tabloid-sized daily’s statement was “in contrast with the Philippine position which seeks a United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea rules-based solution to West Philippine Sea issues” like the six-nation Spratlys dispute.

The Department of Foreign Affairs head has repeatedly asserted that a rules-based approach “provides the key to securing the country’s claims to the Spratlys and advancing the peaceful settlement of conflicts,” including the Scarborough Shoal dispute.

Last month, the Global Times warned of a “small-scale war” between China and the Philippines as a result of their standoff at Scarborough Shoal.

The DFA, however, brushed aside the warning, saying “such irresponsible comments do not merit a response from us.”

The Global Times is owned by the Communist Party of China’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, and has a reputation for publishing nationalistic editorials that are often critical of foreign governments.

On Wednesday, the DFA said it was set to undertake a “new diplomatic initiative” aimed at defusing tensions between the Philippines and China over the Scarborough Shoal.

This was disclosed by Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson, when asked about published reports that Chinese maritime ships were denying Filipino fishermen access to their traditional fishing grounds in the lagoon of the rock formation.

In a text message, Hernandez said the foreign office was “endeavoring to undertake a new diplomatic initiative, which we hope will defuse the situation.”

He said, however, the DFA was “not prepared to discuss this as of this time.”

On Tuesday, the military reported that the number of Chinese vessels in the shoal had increased to over 30, from 14 last week.

China currently has three big ships in the area, in addition to seven Chinese fishing vessels and 23 utility boats.

The Philippines has only two vessels in the lagoon. These are the BRP Edsa, a Coast Guard search-and-rescue ship, and the MCS 3001, a vessel belonging to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

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  • rsunga

    If our government ay nagpapakita ng kaduwagan and is incapable of running the Philippines as a sovereign state, it has 2 choices to make. First,  join the US Statehood movement to become the 51st state of USA or Second, join China to become one of it’s province tutal marami na rin namang mga Chinese at Filipino-Chinese sa Pilipinas na may control sa economy natin…hehehe

  • impending_raptor

    Don’t be so “F*ck*ng Naive”, they did this intentionally. China is trying to send us a message….THINK!

  • Ben

    They are making a mockery of us, but on the other hand, in their history we are considered their subjects during the Spanish time, remember the story of the Sangley massacre”?

  • Rtrain67

    Bring China to its knees economically.  Boycott all Chinese made products, end tourism to China, even if governments don’ act on this, if the people do, and products do not get sold, it will send a strong message.  Use Filipino talent to make a youtube video, look at what invisiblechildreninc did with stop kony, 90 million views, it’s only one of many things you can do to get that message out.  China is a monster drunk on power that it now has because of an economy that the world helped build by buying Chinese made products, the world can stop that monster the same way. I do see youtube videos but very poorly produced and in Tagolog. way to go.

  • Hugo Marinho

    Of course it was intentional.  Typical of the chinese to think they are the owners of everything

  • noel

    utot nyong mga intsik umalis na kayo sa pinas………bumalik na kayo sa bansa nyo……..kung ganyan ang ugali nyo…………laaaayyyyyyyyyaaaaaasssssssssss na di kami magugutom…………………


    It was clearly intentional! China would say its unintentional but its actually in their minds all along!

    This is what China really want in the long run.. After theyre done grabing the spratlys and scarborough,.. Their next target is Palawan and the Sulu Sea.. they will surely be claiming them as their next “national core interest”..

    We have to make a stand now or we will lose everything!

    Remember that the very same Ming Dynasty Map that China is now using for their historical claim on spratlys/”nansha” and scarborough/”huangyan”,the Ming Dynasty Map also named the entire Philippine archipelago as “MA-I or MA-YI” as part of the extent of China’s inherent territory!

    Its just a matter of time before China start claiming our entire country.. their strategy is to weaken us by grabbing our territory piece by piece..

  • to0

    Kailanga bang si Del Rosario ang manguna upang ipaliwanag na unintentional? Sayang ang panahon na ginugugol ni Del Rosario. Tsimoso pala ang hilig niya. Buti pa resign na lang siya. This old guy does not deserve the position he is in. As Foreign Secretary, Del Rosario should concentrate on the Chinese Intrusion and aggressive moves in the shoal. Buti pa, resign na siya, which is a better move. Unfortunately, he is a member of the KKK, it’s hard to terminate a PNoy appointee. Matigas din naman kasi ang ulo ni PNoy like a spoiled child.

  • Billy

    That was definitely a Freudian Slip. No question the Chinese want to take over Pinoy or at the very least Luzon.  Its a perfect location for war games and battle practices for their troops who haven’t really had realtime battle or killing experiences for a couple decades.  The only chance they got was killing Chinese civilians during the Tiananmen Square in 1989 with a outdated military which is a lot different than killing other country’s soldiers and civilians with a modernized military.  I’m sure the Chinese are itching for this opportunity.

  • Abby C

    I will personally boycott ANY China made products. From now on I will be conscious of what I spend my money on. Who’s up for a petition to involve the UN in this?

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