Redoubled Efforts: how Chinese are the Philippines?

菲律宾是中国固有领土 (The Philippines are China’s inherent territory), CCTV anchor He Jia (和佳) told the audience on May 7 – the expert looked somewhat surprised. Maybe he’s no good patriot. Or maybe he was looking on with horror as the news anchor accidentally revealed a state secret.

Either way, Ms He later apologized to her audience on a microblog, Sina Weibo –   a mistake that shouldn’t have happened had happened (发生了十分不该发生的错误). She would redouble her efforts and take her work even more seriously in the future (今后会“加倍努力、加倍认真”).

A report by Singapore’s UDN (Lianhe Zaobao), quoting an initial report from Sina News, and one by Radio Australia.



» The Stupid Mermaid, March 12, 2009


6 Responses to “Redoubled Efforts: how Chinese are the Philippines?”

  1. Re this face off with the Phillipines. Many competing voices, with the PLAN (Guangzhou) dying to test out it new floating toys.


  2. There’ll be no war so long as the Chinese believe that conflict with the Phillipines can mean conflict with the US. There’ll also be no conflict if the Filipinos believe that the US won’t support them. The most dangerous thing would be for the Chinese to believe that the US won’t support the Filipinos whilst the opposite is in fact true.


  3. I don’t expect big sea battles either – but all sides will literally test the waters. That’s been going on for a while, and will continue. And of course, it could lead to war. (Personally, I believe that a compulsory draft in every country involved would be useful. It wouldn’t work wonders, I guess, but heads might be slightly cooler than what they are now.)


  4. China, of course, does have the draft, it’s just that they have enough volunteers that they don’t need to use it. Vietnam also has a conscript army, although the Phillipines, Brunei, and Malaysia do not.

    It’s worth looking at the instances where the PRC has attacked US allies. With the exception of the Korean war (a pretty big exception, obviously) they have always attacked in situations wher ethe US was very unlikely to come to the aid of their ally. The 1974 battle with South Vietnam happened only after the US had essentially washed its hands of their Vietnamese allies. The Taiwan Straits crisis of 1954-55 occured only once the US had signalled that it did not regard its alliance with the ROC as extending to defending the coastal islands.

    PS – unrelated question, why is it that I’ve suddenly seen adverts telling people to come to Meckleburg-Vorpommern for a “new start” here in Poland?


  5. I suppose the adverts are targeted at people with skills that are needed here in Germany. It’s a bit strange to think that Mecklenburg should be their first choice – there aren’t too many industries there -, but maybe I haven’t seen everything there. In general, the border has been open for potential employees from Poland for two years or so now, and there are people coming in from many regions in Europe – including trainees/apprentices from Spain, in a region near here.

    The problem without a de-facto draft is that war is something too theoretical when you can expect that only the underdogs in your society have to go, when the country calls. Then again, at least in China, people don’t have a too clear picture of what war is, unless they have seen the Japanese or the civil war. Some Chinese friends loved the war in Yugoslavia or clashes elsewhere in Europe ( “There’s stuff going on in Europe – life here in China is boring.”). It was a different story after the Americans hit the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

    Either way, a draft – in this regard – could be of some use. That’s not to say that I’d wish a draft on anyone in China, or in Russia, for that matter.



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