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Philippine President Aquino likens China's rulers to Hitler

Published on Feb 5, 2014 1:10 PM
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has likened China's efforts to claim disputed territories to the failure by Western nations to back Czechoslovakia when Adolf Hitler-led Nazi Germany occupied western parts of the European nation in 1938 ahead of World War II. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has compared China's efforts to claim disputed territories with those of Nazi Germany's, while urging world leaders not to make the same mistake of appeasement, according to the New York Times.

The Philippines has accused China of becoming increasingly aggressive in recent years in staking its claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, and Mr Aquino reportedly said his nation could not stand up to its mightier neighbour alone.

"At what point do you say: 'Enough is enough'? Well, the world has to say it. Remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II," the New York Times quoted Mr Aquino as saying in a lengthy interview in Manila.

Mr Aquino was reportedly referring to the failure by Western nations to back Czechoslovakia when Adolf Hitler-led Nazi Germany occupied western parts of the European nation in 1938 ahead of World War II. The president's spokesmen were not immediately available to comment on his interview with the New York Times.

 
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