Manila’s apology to Hong Kong is a presage of a deal, not a fight

China Daily Mail

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The following are the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail.

Is it just a coincidence that the Philippine Government made a four-year late official apology to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists before Obama’s visit to East Asia in April, and after the historic pact sealed in March with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)?

To finalise a peaceful settlement with the MILF was definitely at the top of President Benigno Aquino’s short term agenda in early 2014. However, sensible and responsible leaders in Manila know that it is in the long term interest of the nation to make a deal rather than a fight with Hong Kong – a heavy weight component of the Greater China.

Despite the cacophony played by certain short-sighted analysts and journalists, who for unknown reasons like to provoke a warlike tension…

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