China renews calls for apology from Manila
BEIJING - China on Tuesday repeated its calls for an apology from the Philippines leadership over a 2010 bus hostage crisis, after no apology was given when Philippine President Benigno Aquino met with Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) meeting.
A sacked Filipino policeman hijacked a bus in Manila filled with Hong Kong tourists in 2010. A botched rescue attempt by police left the gunman and eight tourists dead.
Relatives and survivors have been demanding the Philippine government to issue a public apology and reasonable compensation for the victims and families and hold officials accountable in the botched rescue which left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
Speaking after the meeting in Bali, Aquino expressed his condolences but did not apologize for the incident.
China's government reiterated its opinion that Aquino needed to say sorry.
"We continually call upon the Philippines government to attach great importance to the deep concerns and requests of the victims' family members. We also demand that they adopt a reasonable and effective method to appropriately solve this problem as soon as possible. We also support the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regional government and the Philippine government maintain close communication and coordination," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news conference in Beijing.