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China denounces "outrageous" WWII comparison by Philippines

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:20 PM
In this file photo taken on March 20, 2012, Philippine President Benigno Aquino speaks during an interview with AFP at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Mr Aquino has warned China's efforts to claim disputed territories are like Nazi Germany's before World War II, drawing a fierce Chinese response. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Ministry denounced the Philippine president on Friday for his "outrageous" comments comparing the dispute over the South China Sea with appeasement by the West of Nazi Germany before World War II.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, interviewed by the New York Times this week, called for more global support for the Philippines over the territorial issue, comparing it to the failure by the West to support Czechoslovakia against Adolf Hitler's demands in 1938.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei rejected the comparison, saying it was the Philippines that was illegally occupying Chinese islands in the South China Sea.

"China is a country which resolutely upholds international justice and made huge sacrifices for victory during the global anti-fascist war and a historical contribution which cannot be obliterated," Mr Hong told a daily news briefing, referring to World War II.

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