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    From the New York Times: Philippine Leader Sounds Alarm on China

    President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Tuesday for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938.

    Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands to surrender territory piecemeal to a much stronger foreign power and needs more robust foreign support for the rule of international law if it is to resist, President Aquino said in a 90-minute interview in the wood-paneled music room of the presidential palace.

    “If we say yes to something we believe is wrong now, what guarantee is there that the wrong will not be further exacerbated down the line?” he said. He later added, “At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it — remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.”

    About two weeks ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused a bit of a stir when he compared the situation between Japan and China as being similar to the relationship between Germany and Britain before World War I.

    Mr. Abe's comparison was in response to a question about whether the economic ties between China and Japan would be enough to dissuade a conflict, with Abe pointing out that both Germany and Britain were strong trade partners before they started killing each other in trench warfare.

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