Scarborough Shoal Standoff, Chinese Netizen Reactions

A Philippine coast guard vessal in a stand off with a Chinese surveillance ship near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea..

Philippine navy soldiers board a Chinese fishing boat near Scarborough Shoal.

13 days ago…

From NetEase:

Chinese request Philippine warship that entered the South China Sea immediately leave

Foreign media report that on April 11th, the Philippines’ largest warship had a confrontation with Chinese surveillance ships in the waters near the Huangyan Island [more commonly known as Scarborough Shoal in English, but also Panatag Shoal amongst Filipinos] in the South China Sea, the reason being that the Philippines claim sovereignty over these waters, and attempting to seize Chinese fishing boats anchored there. The Chinese embassy in Manila issued a statement pointing out that a Philippine warship illegally entered Chinese waters that day, and that the Chinese government requests that it immediately withdraw.

Filipino soldiers board a Chinese fishing boat near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
Philippine Navy soldiers boarding a Chinese fishing boat near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

Comments from NetEase:

点你死穴i [网易河南省网友]:

Please leave, thank you.

警告你艹你沒资格代表我 [网易广东省网友]: (responding to above)

We’re begging you, please leave, okay?


Give us some face, you guys first leave, and then you guys can come back a few days later, okay?

[Note: These comments above are all making fun of what many Chinese netizens consider to be the typical weak Chinese government reaction and failure to defend its rights and interests in such matters, recently seen in another chinaSMACK translation when Chinese surveillance ships discovered multiple illegal foreign oil and gas platforms operating in the South China Sea and merely asked them what they were doing.]

处女座的射手 [网易北京市朝阳区网友]:

What use is a request, if you have the balls, open fire…

h496148136 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Our warships are all fake, that money was all used on buying Maotai.

[Note: Refers to widespread perception of government corruption, where government officials squander public money indulging in and buying expensive gifts and bribes like China’s famous Maotai brand of baijiu hard liquor. This phenomenon has become so well-known that even Chinese government officials are publicly complaining about the liquor’s skyrocketing prices.]

serversuper [网易辽宁省网友]:

Looks like there is some action [on China’s part]. The world’s Chinese are watching and waiting.

西坡盲流 [网易山东省网友]:

The key point is, did they eventually leave??

wolf14438986 [网易重庆市网友]: (responding to above)

Do you need to ask? If they left, the headline would be: “Chinese maritime surveillance ships force Filipino warships to retreat”. The result is very obvious: After the Chinese government requested that the Philippine warship leave, the other side remained unmoved, so the Chinese authorities had the Chinese fishermen leave and then came back to say: “Don’t make trouble with us again!”

zhaoxiao098 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Give us some face, we’re begging you please leave.

怎么回他事呀 [网易上海市网友]:

Little Philippines, stop being naughty, your mother is calling you home to eat!

jun783 [网易福建省泉州市网友]: (responding to 点你死穴i & 警告你艹你沒资格代表我 above)

I want to ask, why not dispatch the chengguan there, and have the Philippine warship confiscated? Those who support me, ding this comment up! And you’ll get rich every day!

Chinese surveillance ships intercept and stand off against a Philippine warship near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.


From NetEase:

Chinese and Filipino hackers hack each others’ websites to claim sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal

A few days ago, Chinese hackers attacked a Filipino university website, leaving the Chinese message: “We come from China. Huangyan Island is ours.” Afterward, many Chinese websites including China Youth Online were attacked, with a message opposing that left by Chinese hackers: “Scarborough Shoal is ours. The Spratly Islands are ours.”

Chinese hackers hack the University of Philippines website and leave a message claiming sovereignty over the Huangyan Islands aka Scarborough Shoal, after a continuing standoff between Chinese and Filipino ships in the South China Sea.

Filipino hackers retaliate against recent Chinese hackers by defacing various chinese websites making the counter claim that both the Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands belong to the Philippines.

Comments from NetEase:


Lanxiang, what are you waiting for?

精神病院院士 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

To be honest, if I had seen this news in the past, I would be filled with righteous indignation, but ever since I developed a mental disorder, this cunt of an island can belong to whomever and I don’t care, because it has not the fuck thing to do with me. I still have a huge pile of housing debt and medical expenses to deal with, so motherfucking fuck off.

免疫力矛盾 [网易广东省网友]:

We’re from China, Huangyan Island is ours, the Philippines are also ours.

让李刚飞 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

When old Mao was around and we had nothing,
they feared us.
Now that we have everything,
we still have to put up with this.
Can we live with some dignity please?

wsl1699 [网易海南省海口市网友]:

Hot-blooded [patriotic] students!

我不是阿杰 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Where are China’s hackers?

让李刚飞 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

On the sea, on the internet,
they’ve already mobilized,
and we’re still saying: Don’t be rash, we still have to be sure who is behind this?
Even Henan SBs all know
its the Americans.

jobs20002 [网易加拿大网友]:

Hope we can establish a military base on Huangyan Island soon, to protect our country’s territory. We should not fear the small countries of the South China Seas.

From NetEase:

The Philippines say China’s claim on the South China Seas are without basis

April 22nd, the Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary expressed that if other countries do not make clear their position like the Philippines, then those countries will be affected by China’s claims of sovereignty over the South China Seas. He also said that China’s attempted claims of sovereignty over the entire South China Seas are clearly “without basis”.

Filipino protestors demanding that China back off from the Scarborough Shoal.

Filipinos plant a Philippine flag on a rock by the Scarborough Shoal.

Comments from NetEase:

警告你艹你沒资格代表我 [网易广东省网友]:

A certain country’s fenqing can’t protect their own jobs, can’t protect their own love, can’t protect their own homes, can’t protect their own families, can’t protect their own rights, can’t protect their own safety, can’t protect their own freedom, can’t protect their own lives…yet want to go protect the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands.

gzeastbill [网易上海市网友]: (responding to above)

Patriotism is a basic sentiment of a person, having nothing to do with your current circumstances. Your kind of thinking is very dangerous. According to this kind of talk, when Japan occupied China, as long as you had food to eat, a home to live in, who cares if they are Japanese or Chinese, being a Chinese traitor would be an obvious choice. This is how a country is sold out/betrayed.

tonfation [网易北京市手机网友]: (also responding to 警告你艹你沒资格代表我)

You MGB, intentionally confusing people, are those things related to this?

朗个事 [网易贵州省贵阳市网友]:

Our leaders sure have patience.

无双大国士 [网易北京市网友]:

The Philippines want to seize the opportunity to band together other countries to surround China! Chinese authorities, stop being scared!


If you suggest joint exploitation/development [of the natural resources there], then you’ve already lost.

121216 [网易广东省清远市网友]:

China really needs a war to bring together the hearts of the country’s people!!!

From NetEase:

2 Filipino warships and 1 anti-submarine aircraft rush towards Scarsborough Shoal

April 22nd, the standoff between China and the Philippines in the sea waters near the Huangyan Island has entered the 13th day. During an interview with Filipino media, the commanding officer of the Philippines Navy said, “The navy’s two warships and 1 anti-submarine aircraft is currently rushing towards the Scarborough Shoal (aka Huangyan Island) waters, to reinforce the coast guard there.”

A Philippine coast guard vessal in a stand off with a Chinese surveillance ship near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea..

Comments from NetEase:


One country’s warship enters another country’s territory is an act of war. If the other country ignores the other side’s declaration of war, I can only understand it this way: Huangyan Island [Scarborough Shoal], as well as the Nansha Islands [Spratly Islands], simply do not belong to that country.

侯4 [网易沙特阿拉伯网友]:

“South China Sea dispute expert and Xiamen University International Relations College President Professor Zhuang Guotu said during an interview on the 22nd with China Youth Daily reporters that while the standoff is the Philippines attempting to test China’s South China Sea sovereignty limits, China is also using this as a pretext to show its new method of non-military peaceful resolution of China’s conflicts on the seas.” He doesn’t think this is embarrassing and even calls it a new method?! The international community is “laughing its teeth off”, repeatedly yielding on one’s own sovereign territory, what would Russia do in this case?? Must not let enemies have the mere thought and courage to invade!!!


MLGB if we don’t fight now, we won’t even have the qualifications to fight in the future. Those who agree, ding [this comment]!

及时作恶 [网易美国网友]:

[Does China] Dare to “punish the chicken to scare the monkey” [punish one to warn the rest]?

无奈的五月 [网易新疆乌鲁木齐市网友]: (responding to above)

Don’t dare.


The entire country’s citizens all support fighting the Philippines, what the MB are you still waiting for?

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友: (responding to above)

The government leaders haven’t gotten out of bed yet. Sleeping with a young girl in their arms is so comfortable.

宋少雄 [网易加拿大网友]:

I’ve said so much I don’t even want to say anything anymore. Even if I do, its useless, I’m tired!


“New peaceful resolution method”, when the international community see this comment, I wonder how many people are going to die of laughter, sigh!

shyq8888 [网易亚太地区网友]:

If we don’t take action now, our body will be split by a bunch of ants!


Still not going to act!? Do we need more meetings of cigarettes and alcohol?

[Note: yan “cigarettes” and jiu “alcohol” is a pun on yan jiu “research and study”, suggesting that government officials don’t actually do anything at work meetings and just indulge in expensive cigarettes and alcohol (corruption).]

What do you think?

Map of disputed claims in the South China Sea by various countries including China, Vietnam, Brunei, and the Philippines.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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