ANTI-CHINA PROTEST SUPPORTED BY FILIPINO CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The rally held by activists in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati City Friday may escalate and complicate Philippine-China standoff in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, China warned Friday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said this as he maintained Huangyan Island, the name China uses to refer to the disputed shoal, is an inherent part of Chinese territory. "(I)t is a false move for the Philippine side to incite the anti-China protest, which will escalate and complicate the current situation," an article posted early Saturday on the Chinese government's web portal quoted Hong as saying. On Friday, activists from a group allied with President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese Filipinos based in the Philippines staged a rally in Makati to score China's "bullying" in the shoal. The participants called for a peaceful solution to the row but also urged China to submit to international arbitration to settle the issue. The row started in April when Philippine military forces spotted Chinese fishermen gathering marine species in the area. But before the crew of a Philippine Navy ship could make arrests, Chinese vessels blocked its path. On Friday, China expressed anew its concern over the security of its citizens in the Philippines and voiced hopes the Philippines will refrain from actions that will escalate tensions. Pinoys in HK 'keep quiet' Filipinos in Hong Kong said they are with their compatriots in spirit on the matter, although they are not taking part in <b>...</b>
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