Chinese netizens are left in mixed feelings on the news that Philippine President Benigno Aquino thanked China on Tuesday for its help to finish a major Philippine water supply project, amid tensions between the two countries over Huangyan Island in the South China Sea.
It was reported, China fully backed the $123-million water project, aiming to improve water delivery to 21 million residents of Manila and surrounding provinces. On July 17, Aquino inaugurated the launching ceremony of the project, and expressed his gratitude to China for its financial and technical support, when Chinese Ambassador to Manila was present at the ceremony too.
“We are thankful for the funds provided by China so we could set up this important project. It is through firm relations with our neighbouring countries that we can speedily solve our problems,” Aquino said in a speech.
But ironically, the tension between the Philippines and its neighbor China remains. It began after maritime forces from both countries had a standoff over the Huangyan Island in early April, and had ever been intensified many times.
On July 4, Philippine presidential spokesman just warned Chinese officials, in Chinese language, to be careful about what they say over the current conflict in the South China Sea.
On July 7, Philippine President thanked China.
From the comments left on one China’s major web portal Netease, most of Chinese netizens showed their disappointment on Chinese government offering the financial assistance to the Philippines which “bites us back as a return,” when the government is still inadequate to reduce the poverty in many areas of its own nation however.