News about the standoff between China and the Philippines in South China Sea near Huangyan Island, aka, Scarborough Shoal, has been hitting headlines for a quite some time. Chinese netiznes, like in other cases with regard to China’s territory sovereignty, responded universally with support of Chinese government’s official stand. Yet, two recent news articles last night and this morning bring the nationalistic sentiment to a new high point. While netiznes still support the government’s sovereignty claim in the region, they feel disappointed, or even betrayed, by the government’s non-action.
On the Philippines side, a piece of unverified news about them dispatching two more warships and one anti-submarine aircraft to the disputed Huangyan Island waters went viral on Sina Weibo last night. On the China side, it was reported this morning that two of China’s surveillance gunships has left the area. The two news together make netizens shout loud, “Show some balls, Chinese government!”
Huangyan Island is the 7th most-searched term on Sina Weibo this morning
It is an urge of war, as 考拉正传 commented, “There is no room for negotiation when it comes to territory sovereignty. I sincerely hope that my country can grow stronger. Like a great man once said, ‘One war can lead to a 10-year peace.’” 张洪胜Jason went more blatantly, “You get territories back only when you fight for them. I full support to open fire to the Philippines.”
Amid voices of war, there is also a sense of betrayal that concluded the Chinese government as failing to protect its country. “Retreat means treason. Why our military cannot safeguard our own land?” commented zz小虎105. OoDV is more bitter, “It is an army to protect the Party, not our country.” because_of余伟 added, “Other than bullying your own citizens at home, what else are you capable of doing? They bring humiliation to your doorstep and you do nothing.” 水木锋華 continued, “I am so anger. What does it mean by ease tension? If you don’t have the guts to go to war, then say it! Generations of Chinese people have fought for our lands and waters. How could you let others stamp on our ancestors blood?”
Some also linked the current situation with Chinese government’s historical failure at protecting its territories. 唉-凑合, “To ease tensions…just like the China-India war. Our army retreated to ease the tension and the areas in Southern Tibet were gone. Now our gunships are retreating again. We will soon lost Huangyan Island. What a shame!”
Of course, there are always the group who believe that everything is an evil scheme of the US. “The Philippines is only a puppet in the hands of the US. The US used the Philippines to test China’s military potential. But if they are willing to work for the US, let them die,” said JC_全球热搜JC成龙.