“We are deeply shocked at, strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to the absurd remarks made by the Philippine leader,” China’s Foreign Ministry said after President Aquino, before business leaders in Japan, likened China to Nazi Germany.
He noted “how Germany was testing the waters and what the response was by various other European powers,” saying Nazi Germany was ready to back down in case a European state like France told Hilter to stop. “If somebody said stop to Hitler at that point in time, or to Germany at that time, would we have avoided World War II?”
“But unfortunately, up to the annexation of the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, the annexation of the entire country of Czechoslovakia, nobody said stop.”
At present, in the case of China, “if the United States, which is the superpower, says ‘we are not interested’, perhaps there is no brake to ambitions of other countries,” Aquino said.
China’s foreign ministry “solemnly urge some people from the Philippines to discard illusions, stop provoking and come back to the right track of resolving disputes through bilateral negotiation and consultation.”
This is the second time President Aquino likened China to Nazi Germany, the first was during an interview with New York Times last year.