DFA keeps cool in face of China’s snub of Aquino

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—When Malacañang got word on Wednesday that it was not a “conducive time” to set foot in Chinese soil, President Aquino, who was supposed to attend a trade fair and business conference in the southern Chinese city of Nanning, changed his mind and backed off.

“The President has decided not to proceed to Caexpo (China-Asean Expo), taking into consideration China’s request for him to visit the country at a more conducive time,” said Raul Hernandez, spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

But Hernandez clarified that China did not rescind the invitation to the Philippines.

China’s request was relayed to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario late Wednesday, he said.

Amid China’s apparent snub of President Aquino, Del Rosario is choosing to stay calm.

Del Rosario yesterday opted to hold back in reacting to China’s decision to virtually uninvite Mr. Aquino from attending the regional trade expo as he still hoped to save the relationship between Manila and Beijing.

He admitted, however, that exercising such restraint is tough, considering the gravity of what happened.

“For the sake of preserving our relations with China, I think it is best to limit our remarks to what had previously been stated,” Del Rosario told the Inquirer via text message yesterday.

“As may be evident, we are all having the greatest of difficulties in exercising restraint for what they had done to our President,” said the official.

The President decided on Thursday to call off his daylong visit to China on Sept. 3, Hernandez told reporters in an interview in Malacañang.

“On the part of the Philippines, we will continue to abide by our principled position that bilateral relations can advance despite differences,” said Hernandez.

The Philippines is the host or “country of honor” in this year’s Caexpo, which is held annually in China to promote the building of the China-Asean free trade area.

Hernandez would not second-guess China’s reason for saying that this would not be a conducive time for Mr. Aquino to come to China.

“I think you have to ask China about that,” he said.

Last year, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas led the Philippine delegation to the expo and held a sideline meeting with then Chinese Vice President and now President Xi Jinping. The two leaders were known to have taken “divergent” positions during the meeting.

Hernandez reiterated the government’s position that China should join the country in seeking a diplomatic solution to maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“We have urged China to consider the rules-based approach to the West Philippine Sea issue. This rules-based approach is a combination of a two-pronged approach, which is advocating the code of conduct on the South China Sea and pursuing the arbitral case with Unclos (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) in order to resolve the maritime dispute,” he said.

“And according to the Chinese ministry, this would be a hard sell for constituents of China at this time,” he added.

The Philippines had applied for its dispute with China to be arbitrated under the Unclos, a 1982 treaty to which the two countries are both signatories. The legal action, now proceeding at The Hague, also seeks to halt Chinese incursions into established Philippine maritime boundaries.

But China has rejected the Philippines’ call for United Nations arbitration, insisting on bilateral negotiations with its smaller neighbor.

China claims all of the West Philippine Sea, up to the coasts of its neighbors. The Philippines has said that China’s claim infringes on its own maritime territory.

Tensions between Manila and Beijing continue as the Philippines pursued its arbitration bid against China to clarify maritime boundaries in the contested waters, a move the country took when previous attempts to peacefully settle the dispute with the Chinese had failed.

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  • hello stupids

    DFA keeps cool in face of China’s snub of Aquino

    it is not just cool but freezing cold. It is so cold his face turn purple red and his body stiff
    OH sorry I forgot Philippines do not know what cold is about
    hahahahahahaha

  • socali

    What I dont understand is why did we even send our trade secretary there? Dapat low official lang or no one.

  • LSGH 71

    Imperial China protocol – you only come to the court when beckoned…

    • .Hugo

      you can hold your own event, only your expo capacity is not up to par, and your market is not attractive.

      • warillaman

        you think so chink???he,he,he, your market is cheap, copy pirated inferior quality goods damping the world, no wonder every country hates your chink retard kind, from here to timbuktu, he,he,he,he,

      • hello stupids

        coconut is expense banana is expenses
        what is not expenses for U
        he he he

      • .Hugo

        not i think, that’s how the market thinks.

        out of a total USD 111.3 billion of asean total fdi (foreign direct investment) in 2012, the philippines received only USD 2.8 billion.

        singapore got usd 56.7 billion, indonesia with usd 19.9 billion, malaysia usd10 billion, thailand, usd 8.6 billion, and even vietnam got usd $8.3 billion.

        china got usd 111.7 billion last year.

        so according to your stupid logic, the philippines is being hated the most as it received the least amount of fdi, and china is being loved so much that it has received the most.

  • hello stupids

    which is held annually in China to promote the building of the China-Asean free trade area.
    Hernandez would not second-guess China’s reason for saying that this
    would not be a conducive time for Mr. Aquino to come to China.

    to be honest what Philippines have to trade
    China do not import sex slaves

    • BURADOR

      because NO ONE LIKE to HAVE SEX with CHEKWA—-

      • hello stupids

        We are talking about trading here
        U can hard sell yourself to the African if U like .or U can go easy to the Arab .but that is your business nothing to do with us

      • warillaman

        stupid chink, we don’t even want to trade with you idiot, he,he,he,

      • .Hugo

        you may not, but your business wants it very much, haha…

      • hello stupids

        U must be talking about those 60 yrs failure dirty old man have no money no family got nothing but still want sex

        Of course Philippines is their lovers
        hahahahaha

      • BURADOR

        You are ON PANIC——

      • hello stupids

        you are on heat but sorry U have no physical attraction to me

  • BURADOR

    CHINA can NOT FACE AQUINO who COME from a DEMOCRATIC country where PILIPINO can PROTEST peacefully without any FEAR of MALTREATMENT—-
    CHINA is afrais that chinese will RALLY behind AQUINO and DEMAND fr their RIGHTS——-1.2 billions chinese are TORTURED WALKING ZOMBIES of the COMMUNIST REGIME——-GET OUT and DEMAND your RIGHT—
    DO NOT WAIT for Mr. AQUINO—-

    • hello stupids

      this is a trade expo for serious trading partner only
      If your president want to hard sell himself He should go to Mindanao
      He is Philippine president Don’t U forget

      • BURADOR

        You are LUCKY to be here in Philippines and CAN EXERCISE your FREEDOM—-If you are on you BELOVED COMMUNIST REGIME, your BODY parts is already in auction before you executed—

      • hello stupids

        HAHAHAHA

        don’t use your imagination again Chinese are lot more freedom than Philippines.look at the Chinese tourist everywhere in the world
        how many Philippines can afford to have holiday oversea

      • warillaman

        where are your tourist chinks??? he,he,he, they come in to some countries and hide, he,he,he,he, unable to to talk english, just gobblygook words no one understands, more like retarded tourist chinks he,he,he,he,

      • hello stupids

        he he he Chinese do not have to hide .they have enough money to buy a house with cash

        don’t have to overstay like Philippines he he he

        look at the house of Philippines…hehehe

      • BURADOR

        It shows you are IGNORANT–Philippines is a TROPICAL country who DO NOT ISOLATION to LIVE—-
        In China you FREEZE to death and GRILL during summer—

      • hello stupids

        We are talking migration that is something U don’t understand

      • BURADOR

        TRAVEL FREEDOM for chinese COMMUNIST REGIME super RICH to be LOYAN to the REGIME—-so the REGIME is SECURE on its GRIP on POWER—-while the POOR chinese tourist work as COOK and BOTTLE PANT collector in Europe and the US——

      • hello stupids

        not super rich but everybody

      • BURADOR

        You WORDS are JUST to FEEL you good——UNCIVILIZE

      • hello stupids

        is the knowledge not the words…civilized
        U feel bad because U don’t have the knowledge like Hugo and Ur not wise to know the truth

      • hello stupids

        I don’t live in Philippines I live in a big city highly rank in the world

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