China warns citizens on Philippine protest

2012-05-10 11:02
Manila - China has warned its citizens living in the Philippines to stay indoors on Friday while a protest is held near the Chinese embassy over an increasingly tense territorial dispute.

A coalition of Filipino activist groups is planning to hold rallies at Chinese embassies around the world to support the Philippine government amid an increasingly hostile row with China over a shoal in the South China Sea.

Organisers are hoping thousands of people will attend what they expect to be the biggest of the rallies, in Manila, and the Chinese embassy has circulated an advisory ahead of the protest.

"Avoid going out at all if possible, and if not, to avoid going out alone," said the advisory, which was posted on the embassy's website in Chinese.

"If you come across any demonstrations, leave the area, do not stay to watch."

The advisory also asked Chinese citizens to obey local laws while keeping a low profile to avoid coming into conflict with Filipinos.

Jackson Gan, a Filipino-Chinese businessman who is among the organisers of Friday's rally, said there was no need for such a warning because the protest would not target individuals and there had been no inciting of violence.


"This is going to be peaceful. No burning of Chinese flags, just singing of patriotic songs and making our presence felt," Gan said.

China claims virtually all of the South China Sea as its territory, even waters close to the coasts of the Philippines and other Asian countries.

Since 8 April it has been locked in a stand-off with the Philippines over the disputed Scarborough Shoal, with both sides maintaining ships in the area to assert sovereignty.

The shoal sits about 230km from the Philippines' main island of Luzon. The nearest major Chinese landmass is 1 200km northwest of the shoal, according to Filipino navy maps.

China warned this week it was ready for "any escalation" in the dispute, after an editorial in a newspaper run by the ruling Communist Party called for a small-scale war to end the stand-off.

The Philippines has said it remains committed to solving the dispute peacefully.

But it also said it had secured a pledge from its key military ally, the United States, that it would protect it from attacks in the South China Sea.

Read more on:    philippines  |  china

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.