South China Sea standoff stirred new wave of nationalism in China, “The government has no balls and we want a war”

Alia | April 24th, 2012 - 1:17 am

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.

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11 Responses to “South China Sea standoff stirred new wave of nationalism in China, “The government has no balls and we want a war””

  1. Bob Ong says:

    China and the philippines enjoy centuries of friendship which dates as far back as the 15th century. The disputed islands are well within the philippines exclusive economic zone. I dont understand the basis of china in claiming the islands. The historical claims is just outrageous. If china claims that the islands belong to them in centuries past then can italy via the roman empire also claim the entire europe? Or can mongolia claim china and the rest of east asia via ghengis khan?

    As friends we need to resolve this legally thru international arbitration. Why is china afraid of going to the UN to resolve this matter?

    Also i notice china recently is trying to create tension with its neighbors like russia, japan, korea, philippines and vietnam. China may think theyre powerful now economically but this will not last forever. We asians must work together and not fight with one another. I hope the chinese people as well as the chinese govt understand this. Oh btw im a full blooded chinese living in the philippines. There are more than 500thousand legal and illegal chinese migrants living in the philippines and calling it home.

    From my viewpoint china is making a big mistake by claiming territories which do not belong to them. China currently is viewed around the world as a bully and the villain. China has wasted years of effort building its international image as a friendly nation. China is acting like what japan was before world war 2.

    I hope china realized this before its too late, before the world turn against them.

  2. Andrew Chubb says:

    Thanks for posting this. The “unverified news” regarding the Philippines sending warships and anti-submarine planes, actually originated with none other than the China Youth Daily.

    Then that was closely followed by reports about China’s Fisheries Law Enforcement Command flagship Yuzheng-310 withdrawing from the Huangyan area, which of course made the “sense of betrayal” you identified even more intense.

    Both of these stories were THE leading headline on the major news portals on April 23 and 24 respectively.

    It is odd that the government would consent to (or perhaps even mandate) widespread promotion of such disheartening stories. It’s easy to see why they would want to promote public anger towards the Philippines, but why would they so content with the expressions of betrayal and shame?

    The most plausible explanation i can think of is different factions at play, but that kind of conclusion is always speculative. For anyone who is interested, i wrote all about this little episode over at http://southseaconversations.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/the-leaders-havent-got-out-of-bed-perplexing-developments-in-chinese-media-coverage-of-the-scarborough-shoal-standoff/

    Thanks again for your good work.

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  5. Cev says:

    I’ve took a look at both the chinese and philippine media, and noted one major difference between the two. Philippine media reports everything, both pro-chinese and pro-philippine statements so that the people can balance out what is right and what is wrong.

    On the other hand, i noticed that the chinese media is withholding information that may damage china’s reputation. It’s like they brainwash their citizens to believing they are right, it’s absurd!

    The chinese people do not know that their boats have been poaching endangered species in huangyan island. They do not know that the philippines has repeatedly made calls for peaceful talks with china before the united nations. They do not even have accurate reports of how many chinese ships are in the area!! FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, I TALKED TO SOME CHINESE AND THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHERE THE PHILIPPINES IS!! much less how close these islands are to the philippines and how far away it is from their country.

    I’m chinese by blood, but i’m embarrassed with you mainland chinese. Use your brains, please, coz you’re gonna lose when this case goes to the international courts, and when that happens, my middle finger goes off to you idiots.

    • Pete says:

      THank you CEV for such a balanced view point. I find the comments from China sounding like NAZI rhetoric circa 1939…….deeply disturbing.

  6. Cev says:

    Chinese want a war? Fire the first shot then. Just like what your boats did this morning, harassing our small coast guard vessels, you really do have no balls. Instead of trying to scare and bully our ships in our waters, why don’t you just fire a missile or a torpedo from your submarine???

    I would love to see the results hahaha.

    And please stop saying ‘small scale war’. you go to war with us, you go to war vs. the whole world coz everybody’s watching us right now. show your true colors if you have the balls to do so.

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  8. jack says:

    This is the reality. Do not kid yourself. Chinese people want war

  9. boom!!! says:

    WE FILIPINOS ALSO SUPPORT OUR GOVERNMENT TO DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES AT ALL COST… WITH OR WITHOUT THE HELP OF OTHERS WE WILL FIGHT DYING.. WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO CHINA!!! CHINA CANNOT JUST CLAIM THAT THEY OWN EVERYTHING IN THE SEA.. THEY SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO RESPECT THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA.. IF THEY REALLY BELIEVE THAT THEIR CLAIMS IS RIGHT THEN BRING IT ON TO THE UNITED NATIONS TOGETHER WITH THE PHILIPPINES. BUT RIGHT NOW CHINA IS NOT WILLING TO DO IT. WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?

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