Duterte to raise South China Sea issue with China's Xi

Duterte to raise South China Sea issue with China's Xi

Duterte to raise South China Sea issue with China's Xi

President Duterte ordered troops to scrap plans of building a shelter for Filipino fishermen at Sandy Cay near Pagasa Island in the disputed South China Sea after Beijing complained, Defense Secretary Delfin T. Lorenzana said yesterday.

The apparent reversal comes at a time of improving relations between China and the Philippines, which until recently had bitterly contested their overlapping claims to the sea. But what is the rule here (is) for everybody that's applicable to us, that is also applicable for Asean because I am the chair of the Asean.

Duterte will have a bilateral meeting with Xi during the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, while he will meet with Li during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila next week.

"Those arms, they are not there for any other goal. But let us be clear on what we intend to do here because eventually it will affect the entire Philippine archipelago", he added.

The military has defended the work, saying nearly of all South China Sea claimants have been doing the same.

China already has Chengdu J-10 multirole fighters, YJ-62 anti-ship cruise missiles and HQ9 surface-to-air missiles stationed on Woody island in the Paracel chain of islands near Vietnam.

Although the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in July a year ago by invalidating China's claims in the South China Sea, Duterte has chosen to set aside the ruling to cultivate closer ties to its giant neighbor.

China's claims also overlap with those of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. China refused to accept the ruling.

"It was explained to him by the Foreign Affairs secretary that we had an agreement that nobody should occupy new structure". It has instead fortified four of the six islands it occupies in the Spratlys with airstrips, hangars and shelters.

"Once assets are deployed to the Spratlys, it will make life much more hard for the Philippines and everyone else who has traditionally operated in and around the Spratlys and the waters west of the Philippines", said Amti Director Greg Poling.

He said the "best way" is to have a code of conduct in the South China Sea. Mr Aquino's government filed the case in The Hague challenging Beijing's claims. Despite that, tensions have eased since Duterte took over as president a year ago and took steps to thaw once-frosty relations with Beijing.

In turn, China has pledged billions worth of investments and backed Mr Duterte's counter-terrorism efforts and his controversial anti-crime drive.

Duterte said he would ask Xi what the stakes were.

On Aug. 15, a blue Chinese helicopter flew low off Thitu's southwest coast, the report said.

The Congressional report said that the United States should play a vital role in ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight for all countries by undertaking freedom of navigation operations on a regular and consistent basis, as well as maintaining persistent presence operations in the South China Sea. "It (makes us) wary, anxious because we are also using the passage", he said.

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