Aquino urges China to show benevolence

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP

PHNOM PENH—President Benigno Aquino 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 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,” Mr. Aquino said, addressing other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) at the Peace Palace here.

Mr. 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 being held in 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,” Mr. 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 apparent reference to the territorial dispute with China over isles in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Touching on the issue of maritime security, Mr. Aquino cited a US offer to broaden the Asean seafarers’ training program at the first expanded Asean maritime forum hosted by Manila last month.

Mr. Aquino said the program would strengthen vessel security and build the capacity 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.

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  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “A China that is benevolent and generous toward its smaller neighbors can enhance stability”

    A smaller neighbor who knows their place and knows when to back off against a superpower can enhance stability.

    • Lopez_Chaena

      The place of a smaller nation is to fight back and resist everytime a superpower threatens, it does him no good if he allows a superpower to bully him.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “it does him no good if he allows a superpower to bully him.”

        The United Nations and the International Community does not recognize the Philippines or China having sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal and other disputed islands.

        And yet you Philippines and China want to fight over Scarborough Shoal for it’s OIL.

        Thus, you’re not being bullied.  You are being GREEDY and subjecting yourself to being defeated because China is also GREEDY for the OIL but much more powerful than your super weak military.

        You need to BACK OFF and know your place as a small, lying, greedy nation Lopez Chaena.

      • rezli

        stupid sinong may sabi sayo..? bugok..

      • Lopez_Chaena

        PH has UNCLOS and china has a self proclaimed “historical claim”. China has a problem with its claim, since “historical claim” requires solid proof, which china doesn’t have. UNCLOS stands in itself and doesn’t require proof. These makes china’s claim so very weak, forcing them to evade going to international courts. Which makes matters worse for china, china forfeits its claim to nothing by evading international courts. So here we are now, china has nothing and PH has the rightful claim.

    • rezli

      tanga..swapang ang china, idiot…

  • valsore

    A benevolent China has never occured in the last 4,000 years.  Will they be benevolent now?  Unlikely, just plain wishful thinking.  Be practical people.  Talk is not enough. It just shows that there is no use talking about defending one’s territory, It’s either you defend it, or not. Words are not sufficient here. We must invest in a strong and effective Navy and Air Force. Follow the example of Israel. Get 800 fighter planes. Get 20,000 battle ships and 50,000 tanks. Fortify the Spratlys and the Shoal, and put develop the islands as tourist destinaton with a first-class hotel, seaport, and airport. Above all, boycott Made In China now to weaken their buidget for their military!

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