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DFA: Beijing resto ban on Filipinos an isolated case


A restaurant in Beijing displays its sentiment toward the citizens of the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan with which China has territorial issues in the West Philippine Sea and the Sea of Japan. The sign says Japanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese and dogs are barred from the restaurant, presumably in that order. AFP

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday shrugged off as an “isolated case” the reported ban on Filipinos by a Beijing restaurant.

DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said Wednesday that the restaurant’s apparent decision to ban Filipinos, Vietnamese and Japanese nationals along with pet dogs was a private sentiment over their countries’ territorial disputes with China.

“We think that the notice that was posted on that shop in Beijing is a private view about the whole situation that is happening between the Philippines and China,” Hernandez told a press conference.

“We hope that it is not a state policy not to allow Filipinos to get to restaurants in Beijing,” he added.

A photo of the controversial window poster, first posted on the social networking site Facebook by Rose Tang, says: “This shop does not welcome the Japanese, the Philippines (sic), the Vietnamese and dog.”

The shop, Beijing Snacks, is located in the neighborhood of Houhai Lake in a popular tourist spot north of the Forbidden City in Beijing, according to Tang in her Facebook post.

Tang, a New York-based painter and writer according to her Facebook account, took the photo on Feb. 22 with the caption “Racism with a national twist.” The photo has been shared on Facebook more than 3,700 times.

The poster has also raised a howl in Vietnam.

The shop owner is apparently standing by his bias against certain foreign nationals, telling BBC News in China that the ban was an act of “patriotism” and that his Chinese customers support him.

The Philippines and Vietnam are among the most vocal Southeast Asian nations in pursuing their claims over territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), contested waters that are almost entirely claimed by China.

The Philippines has filed several diplomatic protests before the United Nations but China continues to refuse international arbitration and insists on bilateral talks.

Japan, meanwhile, is locked in a dispute with China over territories in the East China Sea.

Hernandez said it was the first time that such a ban was reported in China. But he said there had been no reported incident of discrimination among Filipino citizens.

There are some 12,500 Filipinos residing in mainland China, according to the DFA.—With Matikas Santos, INQUIRER.net

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  • Manuel_II

    I can understand them, it is called “Patriotism”

    and in which we should do thesame, let us also boycott all China Made Products and the so called Filipino-Chineese business, we should also shows our own Patriotism in our country.  We can all start today.

    • http://twitter.com/Batiquos Komen To

      Correct. It is not wrong to be patriotic, and we should do the same by boycotting Chinese products. The problem is even the camotes in the market are from china

    • Renato_SUPOT_Pacifico

      don’t be an ignorant fool. i bet the electronic gadget you used to type on this message board is made in china, if not 90% of its components is made in china. it is the decade long stupidity, lack of foresight, monumental corruption, and pathetically showbiz inclined filipino society that got us into this pitiful state

  • epal_ako

    pano ba yan? :( gustuhin ko man maging patriotic and boycott china hindi naman ako mabubuhay dahil the philippine economy is practically run by chinese businessmen :(.. and all around me are chinese establishments :(.. 

  • isalexus

    Just a reprise of that old sign in a Shanghai park entrance  when the europeans and Japan forced China to have an open door policy– ” No Chinese and Dog Allowed”– and that was in China!!!

  • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

    lost in translation: they really mean “Chinese Dogs”! lol

  • Banlas theway

    Any acrimony between China and Philippines should be boiled to one person.   That person is Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III

    • Nagagalitna

      Oo nga eh magaling pa din talaga si Gloria kasi lugmok sa kahirapan ang bansa natin.
      Hay naku talangka maghanap buhay ka na lng ng maigi para di sasama ang loob mo sa pagkatalo ng amo mong demonyo.

    • samarutan

      Acrimony boiled to Pnoy? Pwede bang grilled?

  • frankfeng250

    CHINK’S are brainwashed in fact nobody cares about that signs because that restaurant SERVE’S FETUS,POISONOUS and VERY DIRTY FOOD’S so please don’t eat in any chinese restaurant i am chinese and i know how dirty and unsafe the food they serve on your table’s.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

     I will put sign board that read: WE ENTERTAIN ALL KINDS OF DOGS BUT NOT CHINESE…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HP3T75U5VV3RBRPFYB6A2CVUYI anna justviewing

    ban the NPA and their supporters like akbayan/ bayan etc…most pretending to be pro-people and is even running for a position in the gov’t. This lowlife worms receive money from the CHINESE government to continue their OUTDATED ideology. Ask the people from the countryside and they will tell you that this armed group have chinese speaking members.

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