Philippines, China play down Duterte's talk of war in disputed sea

Philippines, China play down Duterte's talk of war in disputed sea

"What I'm saying is that 'you to trust the captain of the ship, hindi puwedeng maraming kapitan [there shouldn't be many captains]'", he said in a news briefing before leaving to accompany the President on his official visit to Russian Federation on Monday.

China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying declined to comment on Xi's meeting with Duterte, and said disputes should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation.

Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims to sovereignty in the South China Sea, a vital conduit for trade and a hotbed of territorial squabbling that has stoked nationalist fervor in some countries.

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 USA troops from the Philippines.

But Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano clarified yesterday that there was "no bullying or pushing around" during the meeting between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum held in China the previous week.

"I'm disturbed, I'm deeply disturbed with the statement that was told to us by the President when they [Chinese leaders] said they are going to war with us simply because we are going to insist on our claims over the islands, which we have been claiming ever since", Lozada added.

Since assuming the presidency Duterte has sought to build strong alliances with China and Russian Federation while moving away from the United States, the Philippines' former colonial ruler and most important military ally.

Last month, the Philippines Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana praised Russia's actions in Syria and said that he meant to discuss obtaining Russian military equipment at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. He said he replied, "But I have the arbitral (award)".

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate
He visited the Palestinian Territories and Israel before flying to Rome where he meets Pope Francis and Italian leaders. The President also notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades.

Plans for Moscow to sell weapons to the Philippine military were discussed during Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's visit to Moscow last December.

Duterte's trip to Russian Federation is part of his "independent foreign policy" that has seen him shifting away from the United States, the Philippines' longtime ally, which he has accused of hypocrisy and of meddling in his country's affairs for criticizing his bloody war on drugs.

He said he was discouraged and disturbed with Beijing's recent warning, saying it should have asked Manila to discuss the issue instead. The case was brought to the tribunal in The Hague by the previous Philippine government. I will thank them for their contributions to nation building.

The Philippines, a former American colony, had been one of the United States' key allies in the Asia-Pacific for decades.

The Maute and Abu Sayyaf have an alliance and are both linked with Islamic State, a source of growing concern for President Rodrigo Duterte, who has warned of the expanding influence of the militants in the Philippines. Philippine-U.S. trade was worth more than $18 billion previous year. Now, the vector of foreign policy is changed, Philippines cut the ties with the US and got a new ally, Russia.

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.

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

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