MANILA - A Chinese commentary described President Benigno Aquino III as an “amateurish politician” for likening China’s aggression with that of Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler.
In a commentary, Xinhua’s Ming Jinwei also said Aquino squandered an opportunity to improve relations between the Philippines and China after the Yolanda tragedy.
“Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has taken an inflammatory approach while dealing with maritime disputes with China, has never been a great candidate for a wise statesman in the region. But his latest reported attack against China, in which he senselessly compared his northern neighbor to the Nazi Germany, exposed his true color as an amateurish politician who was ignorant both of history and reality,” Ming said.
The commentary is referring to Aquino’s statements published by The New York Times.
Aquino called on nations to support the country’s move to thwart China’s claims in disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea, reminding them of Hitler’s acquisition of Sudetenland, a major precursor to World War II.
“At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it — remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II,” Aquino said.
Desperate to avoid war in the 1930s, the world powers agreed to give Germany the strategic Sudetenland in order that Hitler will no longer demand more territories across Europe. Sudetenland was then part of Czechoslovakia, which Hitler desperately wanted to dominate.
The Xinhua article said, “The Philippine leader conveniently chose to ignore the very fact that it is his government that has adopted a confrontational approach by trying to snatching (sic) islands and waters that have long been an unalienable part of Chinese territories since ancient times.”
Ming said China has always sought to resolve the dispute via dialogue and consultation.
“Despite lame comparisons by Philippine and Japanese leaders, the international community cannot ignore the fact that China has long chosen a path of peaceful development. China's future is tied with its regional neighbors and global partners. Military adventurism has never been a policy option,” Ming said.