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8 LARGE BUSINESS GROUPS JOIN GOVT IN CONDEMNING CHINA IN WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

“If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression, and exploitation, the people of the world should expose it, oppose it, and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.”

With this quote from former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, eight groups of Filipino businessmen  have joined the Philippine government condemnation of China’s occupation of Julian Felipe Reef, which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, in the West Philippine Sea.

The business groups are the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development, Filipina CEO Circle, Judicial Reform Institute, Cebu Business Club, and Iloilo Business Club .

The business groups, in a strongly worded statement on April 14, urged China to respect the Philippines’ sovereignty.

The groups also echoed the government’s call for China to withdraw its vessels from Julian Felipe Reef.

“Julian Felipe Reef is historically and by law undisputed Philippine territory, as was most clearly established in the 2016 ruling based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Our exclusive right over the Julian Felipe Reef carries with it the utilization of, and the obligation to protect, its economic benefits, such as its rich marine life and mineral deposits, for the well-being of each and every Filipino,” the groups said.

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“In 1974, Deng Xiaoping said, ‘If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression, and exploitation, the people of the world should expose it, oppose it, and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it,'” said the group. Read More WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

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