Duterte China sidesteps Philippine President's claim of war threat over sea row

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Sorreta also noted that in Southeast Asia, Russia has the lowest engagement with the Philippines, which is why boosting ties with Manila would be one of the "strongest manifestations" of its new emphasis on the region. Romana, who has worked and lived in China as a journalist before he was recruited to the foreign service, said in a TV interview, "The whole idea.therefore that China was bullying us and threatening us just doesn't pass".

He has scaled down the number and scope of annual military exercises with the United States, barred Filipino forces from joint patrols in the disputed South China Sea and called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Philippines.

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Monday the context of talks last week in China was how to avoid conflict and there was no language or tone of disrespect.

After that ruling, President Duterte met with his Chinese counterpart and signaled the world as if he is moving out of the US camp in favor of closer ties with China.

Cayetano, on the other hand, said Duterte "told me many times that he's committed to protecting our territorial integrity, he will protect every single inch of our territory".

EU Ambassador to Philippines Franz Jessen said on Tuesday he has yet to receive a written notification from the Philippine government on the announcement of Duterte last May 18.

According to Abella, Duterte maintains a two-track approach to the country's relationship with the Asian giant.

Last year, Duterte dared the European Union, along with the United States and other critics, to pull out their assistance from the Philippines amid their criticisms against his administration's drug war, and the alleged human rights violations and summary killings related to the campaign. But human rights groups have expressed fears that martial law powers could further embolden Duterte, whom they have accused of allowing extrajudicial killings of thousands of drug suspects in a crackdown on illegal drugs.

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Duterte said last week one of the top priorities of his trip to Russian Federation was to secure precision-guided bombs to use on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines. Xi then reportedly said: "Yes, but ours is historical and yours is legal of recent memory". Amin mga Ming-Ming Dynasty pa.

"The Philippines can also bring China's threat to go to war against the Philippines before the United Nations General Assembly by sponsoring a resolution condemning China's threat of war against the Philippines and demanding that China comply with the ruling of the UNCLOS arbitral tribunal".

Ties between the two countries were established 40 years ago, but Duterte said the doors of cooperation have opened "ever so slightly" and "now we can work together to open those doors even wider". "We will fight you".

Relations remain at the "nascent stage", but this will change, assistant Philippine foreign secretary Maria Cleofe Natividad told reporters in a briefing on Duterte's trip to Russian Federation.

"We should stand up to China. It wasn't a threat in the sense that it was more the threat of conflict will always be there if we do not dialogue", Cayetano said in a press conference.

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