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    Philippine president scolds Chinese writer

    PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Friday scolded a writer from Chinese state-run news agency for insulting him instead of giving basis to support China’s attitude.
    Aquino said the insults were more beneficial to the country than detrimental as it only reaffirms the country’s valid position on the West Philippine Sea.
    “I am thankful to Xinhua for it only reaffirms our position,” the President said with a hint of sarcasm.
    Aquino issued the statement after attending the Philippine Army's change of command ceremony in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
    “As the saying goes, resort to name calling if you can’t answer to an issue,” Aquino further said.
    Xinhua writer Ming Jinwei called the President names after he likened China’s claim on the West Philippine Sea to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s imperialism in World War II quoted in an interview with The New York Times.
    The President welcomed US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel’s concern over the ongoing sea row.
    He called China to adhere to international law since the Philippines and China are both signatories to it.
    “That is what we have hoped for, that we all adhere to the international law. We are all hoping we live up to the commitments expressed in treaties such as that,” Aquino said.
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