Aquino asks China to be kind to weaker, smaller neighbors

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Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III reviews his papers during the 15th ASEAN Japan Summit at the Champa Room, 3rd Floor, Peace Palace on Monday (November 19, 2012) at the sidelines of the 21st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia––President Benigno Aquino III on Monday called on China to show benevolence and generosity toward weaker states in the region, including the Philippines, if it hoped to sustain its economic growth in these times of uncertainty.

“As a nation that has only recently taken its first steps toward equitable progress, the Philippines looks to China to set the example of wise and peace-seeking leadership,” he said, addressing other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the Peace Palace here.

Aquino spoke before an audience that included Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during the 15th Asean-China Summit, one of the side meetings at the 21st Asean Summit hosted by the Cambodian capital.

“A China that is benevolent and generous toward its smaller neighbors can enhance stability in the region and allow each of our nations to sustain the growth we have so far experienced despite global uncertainties,” Aquino said.

“And so, as we keep avenues for positive dialogue open, so do we wish that unnecessary disruptions in our growth are avoided,” he said in an allusion to the region’s territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea, a portion of which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea.

Touching on the issue of maritime security, Aquino even made a reference to the United States in his remarks during the Asean-China meeting.

He cited a US offer to broaden the Asean seafarers’ training or EAST program at the first expanded Asean maritime forum hosted by Manila last month.

Aquino said the program would strengthen vessel security and build up the capability of seafarers against acts of piracy. “This is especially relevant to the Philippines since my people compose a full quarter of the entire world seafaring population,” he said.

“In an increasingly interconnected world, it is my hope that our countries continue to explore opportunities to cooperate and to strengthen our linkages to respect and reasonability with an eye on the fulfillment of our shared aspirations for humanity,” he said.

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  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:

    We have to STOP buying Chinese products: TOXIC, LOW QUALITY, CHEAP, BAD for the Philippine Economy!

    Bilhin at Tangkilikin natin ang SARILING ATIN !

    Forward Philippines !!!

    • jurbinsky77

      I join your call.

    • opinyonlangpo

      That will help a bit.

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      Bakit mo pa sinasabi “Views from Germany”?
      Talagang itong si Dikoy 321, nakatungtung lang ng Europe, pinagyayabang na.
      Ano ang trabaho mo dyan Dikoy? Bugaw, snatcher, holdaper??

  • vendetta07

    he has to be an actor to play both roles of tough guy and weakling.  it is not easy standing up to China, but he has done a good job so far, much better than previous presidents.  

  • jurbinsky77

    Very nice message. China cannot afford to be looked upon as a bully.

    There is a hint of brinkmanship in quoting the US offer of maritime security training.
    Only the US is the counter-balance while the CPP-NPA and their propaganda puppets make it hard to maintain the equilibrium. And tragically, we allow some of them to hold public office.

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      It is only the United States of America that is the certified bully of the world. And the Philippines is kowtowing to the US

      • qryqry

         Who gave him the certificate?

      • TheGreatPhilosopher

        where is the certificate bro? Are you on Drugs? haha

  • Lorebea Tamparong

    Magaling sa pangbu-bully….Magaling sa pamimirata….Magaling sa paggawa ng mga bulok at nakalalasong produkto….Magaling sa pagsupil sa karapatang pangtao…HAHAHA!!! Its even more fun in CHINA….!!! dapat pagtulong-tulongan ito ng mga maliliit na bansa para mapabagsak sa kahit anong paraan para matigil na ang kanilang KAHAYUPAN at KABABUYAN….kung gaano ka singkit ang kanilang mga mata ay ganun naman kadilat ang kanilang KATARANTADUHAN….bakit pa kasi ginawa ang ganitong uri ng mga tao….BUWISIT kayong mga CHINESE at sa lahat na sumosuporta sa inyo…MAMATAY na sana kayong LAHAT…IBAGSAK ang CHINA…A.S.A.P….. 

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      Hahaha. Si Tamparong naman o, wala naman sa issue yan magaling sa pamimirata. Ang importante, yung mga tao sa China, umaasenso hindi kagaya sa bulok na Pinas na meron ngang demokrasya, gutom naman ang mga mamamayan.
      Pareho ang pagkabulok ng utak ninyo ng inyong Presidente Ngoyngoy.

  • Manuel Pacquiao

    If nobody is taking Ngoyngoy seriously in the Philippines, the more these ASEAN leaders won’t take him seriously as well.
    Look at his deformed mouth. Always spewing words attacking China. He can not even apologize to Hong Kong for the hostage fiasco and now he is asking China to be kind and benevolent.
    Well, this is a good for nothing president. It would have been better for the Philippines had Gilbert Teodoro won as president.
    This Ngoyngoy Aquino is not even competent to be a Village Head or Barangay Captain. 
    He is a very big disgrace to the Philippines.

    • Lorebea Tamparong

      What a stupid remarks from a certified MORON…your fantasies are as futile as your lame brain…You need to be brought to a mental institution for an immediate treatment…A TRUE CERTIFIED LOSER!!! 

    • mumbaki ak

      cge nga..ikaw ang humarap dun.dada ka lang ng dada eh.

    • qryqry

       si Gibo pala idol mo, hahaha

    • TheGreatPhilosopher

      Sus. Noynoy Hater

    • jurbinsky77

      Not all Filipinos have low IQ. Go away!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

      I agree with you, people like you are disgrace to our country. Be a president first then I can listen to your useless opinions!

  • bugoybanggers

    Walang mangyayari diyan! Away INSTIK lang yan. Kunwari nakiki usap pero iba pala ang nasa likod. Ang CHINA talagang mabuti sa mga NEIGHBOOR niya kasi kukupkupin niya lahat. Ano pa ba? Di ba ang mga PINOY mahilig sa TSEKWA? Maputi at magaganda/gwapo daw? O ano pa ba? Sige, hayaan na lang ninyo ang CHINA na kunin na ang LUZON. Sige na sama na kayo.

    • TheGreatPhilosopher

      Intsik: Kashi Gami Ghusto Negosyo, khami dami kita minerals sa spratley kaya kami kita interes, Dami mineral, Dami pera, Dami pera, yayaman bansa..

      HAHAHA

    • qryqry

      NEIGHBOOR? hehehehe

      • bugoybanggers

        Bakit magaling ka sa SPEEEELINGG.. MATALINO KA? Nakapagtapos ka sa CHINESE SCHOOL at yung lahi mo mga takas sa CHINA na nagpakukup sa PILIPINAS dahil api daw sila? Ano ka ngayon kasama ng mga KAMAG ANAK mo? Sige, UMUWI na kayo ng CHINA dahil mayaman na kayo. Wag na kayo BALIK at turuan mo ng CORRECTT ENGLIISHH ang mga KALAHI mo.

      • qryqry

        ikaw ata kailangan turuan eh ^_^ hahaha, bahala ka na nga jan…

  • http://twitter.com/lilac20000 lilac

     the speed of flip-flop is amazing, amateurish adult becomes a mature kid in a matter of hours.

    is this an action movie, or a comedy ?

    the dancing with Noda was horrible, and was eliminated combining the judge and the voters score.

  • geminimind

    Asking benevolence and generosity fron China to it’s weaker state in the region.Ask and ye shall receive but for China,ask and we get you for it.Best example is Tibet.It’s not worth asking for but it’s worth fighting for with allies.

  • Albert Einstien

    PNOY cant bash china ..he is a NOBODY in  a world stage….he & his yellow media can only bash gma & nobody else….they dont even listen to what he is saying…

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