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Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

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Nazi China, and Hitler in Tokyo.....interesting combination.

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Perhaps ypou should ask yourself, how many transient workers have been sent to Fukushima, under his watch.

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How many people have been sent to camps so far?

Talk to the 1.6 million households on welfare.

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Shit, post an article like this and not expect comparison comments? Naive....

Moderator: Please lift the level of your contributions which is currently among the lowest on the discussion board.

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Perhaps Hitler's name should be enshrined in Yasukuni so Abe can pay him a special respect along with his soul mate Class A War Criminals!

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Aquino seems about right. And China is more fascist than socialist too.

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China is shooting itself in the foot with its foolhardy diplomatic relations.

The PRC is continually and increasingly butting heads with nearly every neighboring country due to the South China Sea Dispute, and the many other disputes with countries that include and/or have included Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia Malaysia, Vietnam, India and Brunei.

The result? The PRC is drawing these countries closer to one another, improving bilateral ties among those countries, and causing them to form a coalition against China. Good for those countries, bad for China.

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The Philippines remains on a very firm track towards the conclusion of the arbitral case it filed under UNCLOS to get China’s Nine dash line declared illegal. Such will be a great demonstration that the rule of law is above threat and coercion. This will benefit not only Philippines but the other ASEAN nations on their EEZ entitlements and the international freedom of navigation.

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But does he have to mention the word 'Nazi'? This guy has been digging his own grave since the first day he got into office, and now in his last year, he is trying to give a big chunk of Mindanao to Malaysian-sponsored muslim terrorists.

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Normally when the comparison with "Nazi's" and especially Munchen is brought up, I think, "Oh, there we go again," and it doesn't have a lot of credibility. However, in the case of China it might be very correct.

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Where's the "Blitzkrieg"?

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I wouldn't want to be saying that

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Aquino is almost at the end of his term as president, so he is giving his foes a bloody nose before he goes.

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It's very weird that two countries can't take matters to court if one of those opposed doing so. It is necessary to make some measure that allows sensitive matters to be discussed at court . I know this system might have disadvantages, but these territorial disputes seem that they are going on forever unless something active is done.

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Aquino loves Philippine to be enslaved!

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That was a little harsh compare China to Nazi.....seems he never read books about WWII or Japan WWII POW. He really need be educated!!!

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maybe he read about the cultural revolution instead.

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@Joshua Degreiff

Nazi Germany’s expansionism before World War Two

I think this was his point. Anyway, he could have used any number of modern nations as a reference, the US, Britain, Spain, even Japan. I guess the word NAZI gets more bang for the buck, but I like the game they're playing. Maybe that was the whole Japanese/US strategy, to get a foreign leader in there to say it.

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Aquino is right. China today is closest to Nazi or even Imperial Japan.

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A point about Imperial Japan's expansionism in Asia before and during WW2 would have been more related to the issue since it's within the Asian region, but I guess it would have been "inappropriate" (Plus the Nazi Germans were invading and subjugating Europe while Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners).

I guess Nazi Germany is the go to rhetoric nowadays.

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A point about Imperial Japan's expansionism in Asia before and during WW2 would have been more related to the issue since it's within the Asian region, but I guess it would have been "inappropriate" (Plus the Nazi Germans were invading and subjugating Europe while Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners).

I guess Nazi Germany is the go to rhetoric nowadays.

You beat me to it. I guess he was afraid of upsetting the delicate nerves of his hosts.

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Plus the Nazi Germans were invading and subjugating Europe while Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners>

ThePBot - I have to ask if you were being serious with this comment or using your sense of humour?

I've read a lot of books and met a lot of people from across SE Asia over the years, but none from the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, Burma, China, Korea, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia or the Pacific Islands that would agree that Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners. Personally I think that most would think that "invading, subjugating and brutalizing" was a more accurate description.

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President Aquino should be more concerned about helping the millions of men, women and children who live in absolutely miserable conditions in the Philippines, i believe their poverty rate is twice that of China. If China is Nazi then the U.S and Japan are Nazi collaborators because they willingly prostituted themselves to China in exchange for corporate profits and allowed millions of their own people to lose their jobs when companies moved their manufacturing to China. No sympathy for any of these governments that sold out to China but a lot of sympathy for the people who lost their jobs and are now being told they need to pay higher taxes to increase defense spending to fight a China that their own governments helped to create.

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Right Nicholas. And many Asian Americans (of those countries descent) would also agree with you.

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A point about Imperial Japan's expansionism in Asia before and during WW2 would have been more related to the issue since it's within the Asian region, but I guess it would have been "inappropriate" (Plus the Nazi Germans were invading and subjugating Europe while Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners).

I guess Nazi Germany is the go to rhetoric nowadays. You beat me to it. I guess he was afraid of upsetting the delicate nerves of his hosts.

ThePBot and Mocheake -- exactly. And everyone knows Japan was a more apt comparison, but, as you said, he pulled his punches. As a result, his comment loses all credibility. In fact, China is probably laughing at it, since they were victims of Japanese atrocities just like the Philippines. He would have been much better not making this lame point.

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China power is so great it can swallow any neighbor country like a piece of chicken drumstick but have no intention to do this so let them dig the holes in Sough Sea ....

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How can he compare the Nazi's before the world war II when all the means of communication that time were off but radio transmitters, telegraph services and telephone?! Wasn't it just a form of idiotic I mean Idiomatic Speech? It will just complicate the situation. It is like hitting your own head with a hammer and say "Oooops!" China has been doing that expansion for many fawkin years!! So why just only now??? I dont get it! ( ゜д゜)、;'.・( ロ_ロ)ゞ( ロ_ロ)ゞ

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There is no Nice words to compare China with, and CHINA doesn't deserve to be addressed nicely After all of these dirty works they're doing? Trying to expand out beyond their territory? threatening the security among her neighbor countries? Isn't that very Nazi to you? I think president Aquino is STILL trying to be nice to compare China from NAZI, as they might be a different version and more terrible than Nazi Germany.

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I agree that comparing present-day China to Imperial Japan would have had more bite (being closer to home), and been less cliched. China's leaders are hoping that, by reminding everyone of Japan's history and China's victimisation 70 years ago, nobody will notice that China is now playing the aggressor's role in Asia.

Still, Aquino is smart enough not to antagonise Japanese allies. And comparisons with Germany are apt. Germany was a rapidly growing power that wanted revenge for past humiliations. First they used diplomatic and political maneuvers to get what they wanted, then it came to war and revenge over France - who they lost the previous war to. There are strong similarities.

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I like it if politicians aren't trying to be hypocrisy and speak out what everybody thinks, like Aquino.

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Comparing any major modern power to Nazi Germany is merely a demonstration that the person making the comparison is too uneducated to take seriously. The PRC has a near infinite list of things deserving complaint, but launching a blitzkrieg against it's neighbors for the purposes of committing genocide ain't one of them.

I tend to agree with rational observers of China (those who aren't given to histrionics) who say the Communist Party sees its motivation as trying to escape from Western (let's face it, this pretty much means American) containment. Now that doesn't mean that China's actions in the Pacific are reasonable, ethical, moral, or legal. It may not be any of these things, I'll leave that decision to experts. Regardless, it's a vastly different motivation from what drove Nazi Germany to invade its neighbors. If one isn't able to recognize that difference, perhaps one ought to spend more time listening and studying and less time shooting their mouth off.

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Ohhh snap son he has bigger balls than any leader in the west!!!

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@Nicholas Tee, the 'We were uniting Asia and turfing out the Europeans on Asia's behalf' is an often used revisionist guise used by some Japanese when 'analysing' their part in the 'Pacific War' as it is termed d in Japan.

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And it is in this kind of context that Japan feels the need to amend its constitution and create closer ties with neighbouring countries. That's sensible and forward looking. The usual anti-Japan crowd - notable by its absence here - would have you believe Abe wants to re-enact the 1920s and 30s and build another empire instead.

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Oh I don't know....I mean, Japan and many other countries supported America's invasion of the Iraq war, China was totally against the invasion of Iraq.....If there was anything in recent history that reminded people of nazi germany, it wasn't sea expansion, it was the Iraq war, Abu Ghraib, waterboarding, etc. not that human rights isn't a big issue in China, but China could never ever get away with invading another country like America did

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Having read the article it doesn't actually mention that he said the N-word. All its says was that he alluded to Germany's wartime past with regards to China. Can anyone confirm whether he outright said China was being like Nazi Germany? I am not defending the guy but the headline gives the impression that he does say that.

In any case, Aquino is just greasing the palm that feeds him. You can't blame him, he is doing what he thinks is best for his country but China today is quite different than China pre-WW2 or Vietnam for that matter. I would have been a bit more diplomatic and besides anyone who knows Philippine politics knows that it is not exactly clean either (like a lot of countries where the rich 5% control the country).

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LOL. Another asinine politician trying to convince the world that his country has fallen victim to China. As if his country hasn't already begun occupying islets and islands around the S. China Sea long before China begun moving investment and interest into the region. All I see are nations' leaders trying to make China out to be a "possible Imperialist Colonial Empire" when they themselves have interests in the region yet cannot compare to the economic, military, and land mass size to China. And does he not realize that Overseas Chinese produce and contribute a sizeable chunk to his nation's economy?

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Aquino has a point. China is ruled by a reprehensible regime that bullies its smaller neighbours and commits human rights atrocities to minorities within China itself.

All the while leaders everywhere suck up to the Chinese for trade purposes, and allow Chinese nationals, who have made wealth in dubious ways, to settle in their countries.

Good on Aquino for standing up to China.

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china dominates the world economy, and it feels so sure about itself that it is acting upon the belief that it can bully the whole world into submission. there are clearly some parallels here with hitler

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Seems Pres. Aquino is talking about when Hitler's Germany was annexing territories of its weaker neighbors prior to WW2

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Seems Pres. Aquino is talking about when Hitler's Germany was annexing territories of its weaker neighbors prior to WW2

Parts of China itself were annexed by European powers. Plus they were brutalized, pillaged by Japan. Ever heard of a place called Manchkuo 1932-'45? Comparing China to Nazi Germany is a paradox-

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino made a veiled comparison on Wednesday between China’s activities in the South China Sea and Nazi Germany’s expansionism before World War Two, echoing similar remarks he made last year that outraged Beijing.

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Before WW II, before Nazi, Japan annexed Korea and created Manchuria. Also It had a plan to make China and all SE Asia as Japan's territory under slogan of DaiToA Kyoeiken. Is he instigating Japan? He is offering Japan Filipin Base and mutual defense plan. Japan stay away from his scheme.

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Seems Pres. Aquino is talking about when Hitler's Germany was annexing territories of its weaker neighbors prior to WW2

Parts of China itself were annexed by European powers. Plus they were brutalized, pillaged by Japan. Ever heard of a place called Manchkuo 1932-'45? Comparing China to Nazi Germany is a paradox-

Like Germany, that China is different from the Communist government China of today.

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@lostrune2JUN. 06, 2015 - 06:52PM JST Seems Pres. Aquino is talking about when Hitler's Germany was annexing territories of its weaker neighbors prior to WW2

Like Germany, that China is different from the Communist government China of today.

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Aquino does not realize that and he is trying to instigate Japan to attack China

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