The Chinese ancestry of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, whose family from China's Fujian province, has angered against the Philippines here in Beijing. In a forum with Filipino and Thai journalists, we asked Shi Ding, deputy editor in chief of top Chinese news website, what statement from the Philippines had angered the Chinese the most in the South China Sea dispute.

Speaking through a translation, Shi cited no particular statement from the Philippine government, but singled out a person who, in a way, is one of their own: "It's your president, President Aquino." Shi said on Friday, June 26: "There are many statements...and also actions of his. And the most important thing, he actually has some Chinese blood. Because of his background, most of the Chinese people are very angry about what he says and what he does."

Aquino traces his roots to Hongjian village in China's Fujian province, which he visited in 2011. His mother, former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, came from the line of Chinese immigrant Co Yu Hwan, who moved to  Philippines in 1861.Despite this, in 2013, Aquino would become the first president to approve bringing China to court over the maritime row.


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