China is resorting to name calling because it lacks proper response to defend its unlawful claims in West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said today.
“Unable to defend their unlawful position both on the core issue which is the nine-dash line claim and their unilateral and aggressive activities, our northern neighbor has reduced its lack of response to name-calling once again,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said.
It can be recalled that a Chinese tabloid Global Times called Manila a “cute little submissive” of United States. The tabloid also criticized Balikatan 2015. “Despite Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s repeated stresses that the exercise is not intended to be against China, few believe he means it,” the tabloid said in an editorial.
Global Times is owned by the official newspaper of the Chinese government, People’s Daily.
First to respond was Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. He said “we don’t understand where this insecurity of the Chinese towards us is coming from. Where do we have the wherewithal to compete against China as a superpower?”