CCTV anchor ‘claims’ Philippines for China


An anchor on a state-run television network has accidentally declared the Philippines a part of China, in an embarrassing gaffe as tensions between the two nations run high.

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.

The anchor 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,” 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”.

South China Morning Post

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    FORENSIC EXAMINATION RESULT REGARDING THE MAP PRESENTED BY CHINA TO THE UNITED NATION ON MAY 2007. (day after Vietnam and Malaysia asserted sovereignty over their respective continental shelves.)

    First, the map is authentic. However, there is evidence that it was tampered. If, as the Chinese Embassy claims, the map was drawn by the famous Chinese cartographer Hao Shao centuries ago, then the lower left corner area of the map would have the chop of Fu Manchu and not the smiling face of Mao who only became China’s emperor in 1949;

    Second, I was suspicious of the u-shaped nine-dash line because it did not look as old as the map itself. I applied chemicals to the line, to see if there was anything hidden beneath it. The test proved negative. However, the line moved after it came into contact with the chemicals. Suspecting that it was not actually a part of the map, I put a tweezer to it and I was able to lift the entire u-shaped object without any difficulty. Hence the wavy object is not an integral part of the map;

    Third, laid flat and straight the u-shaped object measures about 10 inches. I snipped off a quarter inch from it and put that under an electron microscope. What I saw surprised me so I conducted additional tests on the object. The tests confirmed what I observed using the electron microscope. The object is a dried noodle string. Subsequent DNA and carbon testing suggests that the said noodle may have slipped from Mao’s chopsticks sometime in 1949;

    Fourth, Mao was a sloppy noodle slurper.”



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