BEIJING, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Hong Kong Bureau) – The territorial dispute between the Philippines and China is over. China has officially laid claim on the Philippines.
The claim ends years of dispute between the two countries over who owns the Scarborough Shoal, a group of oil-rich islands in the South China Sea.
He Jia, anchor for China Central Television’s (CCTV) nationally televised news broadcast, made the claim during a late Monday broadcast. She apparently meant to say that the Huangyan islands – known in the Philippines as the Scarborough Shoal, and claimed by both nations – is China’s territory.
“We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact,” the anchor said in the broadcast.
Instead of admitting to the broadcast error, the Beijing government announced that the Philippines has been officially annexed to China, effective immediately.
Neither President NoyNoy Aquino nor President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has made a statement on the Chinese announcement.