“Since the Philippines has singled itself out as a determined challenger of Chinese national interests and the devoted hatchet man of foreign anti-China forces, it needs to be convinced that it has made a choice that, if it persists, means paying an unaffordable price,” said a post entitle “Facing up to troublemakers” by state runned China Daily.
China Daily also said countries in dispute with China makes them look bully, “Those in a dispute must be reasonable and act reasonably. However, that is something that Japan, the Philippines, and now Vietnam, refuse to be, hypocritically accusing China of their own faults. With malicious third parties only too willing to goad them on, they have chosen to escalate tensions and are trying to portray China as a bully.”
In a separate post the state-runned news provider told that Manila violated United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) when Philippine government seized a Chinese fishing vessel and jailed the fishermen.
China Daily said, “The coast guard of a coastal state could board and check the relevant documents of vessels fishing in the waters near its coast if they violate these laws and regulations. It could even detain the fishermen. But under no circumstances, should the fishermen (or other people on board the vessels) be subjected to corporal punishment and imprisonment.”