He Jia, anchor for China Central Television‘s (CCTV) nationally televised news broadcast, made the claim during a late Monday broadcast that has been repeatedly replayed on the internet.
“We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact,” she said in the broadcast, which has since vanished from the CCTV website but is available elsewhere online.
Viewers joked in online postings that the presenter’s nationalistic fervour led to her mistake.
“This anchor woman is great, a good patriot, she has announced to the world that the Philippines belongs to China,” said a microblogger named helenjhuang.
“We should attack directly, send [Philippine President Benigno] Aquino packing and take back our inherent territory.”
Another microblogger named kongdehua said: “The Philippines have basically been making irrational trouble. If they want to start a war then we will strike, no one fears them.
“If every Chinese spat once, we could drown [the Philippines].”
CCTV officials refused to comment on He’s gaffe and would not say whether the station had apologised. The anchor, however, apologised to the audience and her colleagues on her personal microblog on Tuesday for her mistakes.
When commenting on territorial disputes and separatist movements in Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and neighbouring sea areas, Chinese diplomats and media routinely claim all such areas as an “indisputable part of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
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