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President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Tuesday for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938.

Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands to surrender territory piecemeal to a much stronger foreign power and needs more robust foreign support for the rule of international law if it is to resist, President Aquino said in a 90-minute interview in the wood-paneled music room of the presidential palace.

“If we say yes to something we believe is wrong now, what guarantee is there that the wrong will not be further exacerbated down the line?” he said. He later added, “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.”

Mr. Aquino’s remarks are among the strongest indications yet of alarm among Asian heads of state about China’s military buildup and territorial ambitions, and the second time in recent weeks that an Asian leader has volunteered a comparison to the prelude to world wars.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan caused a stir in Davos, Switzerland, when he noted last month that Britain and Germany went to war in 1914 even though they had close economic ties — much as China and Japan have now.

Japan has been locked in an increasingly tense standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, and even South Korea, which has been quieter about Chinese claims, expressed alarm last year when Beijing announced that it had the right to police the skies above a vast area of ocean, including areas claimed by Tokyo and Seoul.

While China’s efforts to claim rocks, shoals and fishing grounds off the coast of the Philippines in the South China Sea have been less high-profile, the Chinese have moved faster there.

The New York Times, "Philippines Leader Sounds Alarm On China."

Good for President Aquino.  The Chinese government is being a bullying motherfucker here.

BVT News Roundup 28 January 2014.

BVT News Roundup 1 January 2014.

We’re gonna need a bigger floatie.

Afternoon News Read 18 December 2013.

Evening News Read 26 November 2013.

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Afternoon News Read 13 November 2013.

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Morning News Read 30 October 2013.

The entire world has an interest in the South China Sea, but China has nearly 1.4 billion mouths and a growing appetite for nationalism to feed, which is a kind of pressure that no other country can understand. What will happen will happen, whatever the letter of the Asean code of conduct or however the arbitration turns out. Loresto and Yanto, meanwhile, still abide on the Sierra Madre (a grounded ship used by the Philippines to make a claim on Ayungin, in the Spratly Islands), fishing for their subsistence and watching the surf to see what wave the Chinese will choose to ride in on.


‘You’ve got the wrong science-fiction movie,’ one former highly placed U.S. official later told me, when I described what we saw at Subi (Reef, claimed by the Chinese), and what it might mean for the guys on Ayungin. ‘It’s not the Death Star. It’s actually the Borg from ‘Star Trek’: ‘You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.’ ’ The scholar Huang Jing put it another, more organic way. ‘The Chinese expand like a forest, very slowly,’ he said. ‘But once they get there, they never leave.’

Excerpt from the New York Times feature, "A Game of Shark and Minnow"

You’re a Communist country and have your people living under totalitarian rule.  You tell families how many babies they can have, pollute your skies and don’t protect your labor force, which already works for pennies to the dollar compared to other countries.  (Just ask Apple and any other company that makes its goods there.)  You support North Korea and its murderous regime, manipulate your currency and disallow any talk of pesky things like Tiananmen Square.  You censor your Internet and let’s not even talk about Taiwan.  Can you even say "Taiwan"?  
Government of China, go fuck yourself.

You’re a Communist country and have your people living under totalitarian rule.  You tell families how many babies they can have, pollute your skies and don’t protect your labor force, which already works for pennies to the dollar compared to other countries.  (Just ask Apple and any other company that makes its goods there.)  You support North Korea and its murderous regime, manipulate your currency and disallow any talk of pesky things like Tiananmen Square.  You censor your Internet and let’s not even talk about Taiwan.  Can you even say "Taiwan"? 

Government of China, go fuck yourself.

Morning News Read 3 October 2013.