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Duterte backs down on Sandy Cay fisherman's shack after China complains

Duterte backs down on Sandy Cay fisherman's shack after China complains

"At one moment in our life or the lives of the Filipinos, they were there to give us the arms when we had none and we were fighting it out in Marawi", he said.

"You want to control the passage, or do we have free passage? China saw it and they complained, so we had to pull out", he added.

China's claims also overlap with those of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Duterte added if he were to confront China alone, there would be no problem in discussions about territory.

Considering the recent Chinese activity in the contested waters, Alejano said he hopes the administration "would now realize the importance and urgency of asserting the favorable ruling of the UN [United Nations] Permanent Court of Arbitration issued in July 2016". "If I engage China now, I have to engage the others".

Duterte recalled however that Xi had vowed not to build any structure on Scarborough Shoal, a traditional fishing ground in the country's exclusive economic zone that was seized by China in 2012 following a standoff with the Philippines.

The Philippine and China are signatories to the treaty.

"It is unlikely to do much in terms of reversing the gains that China has already obtained in the region", Roberts told reporters on the sidelines of the "ASEAN Leadership Forum amid a New World Order" forum in Makati City on Wednesday.

A United Nations-backed tribunal ruled past year that China's territorial claims in the sea were without legal basis. The five-member panel also found that China had caused "severe harm" to the marine environment because of its land reclamations. "For what objective, I really do not know", he added.

"I have received this information early on in connection to the Chinese incursions in Sandy Cay last August", Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano said in a statement.

"So, since we agreed that no one will occupy new features, we shouldn't have occupied that", Lorenzana said.

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President Rodrigo Duterte sought to defuse tensions by ordering troops to pull out.

"It's all blustering. The real reason is geopolitics", he said.

China's Xinhua news agency said coastguard officials of both countries had met on Tuesday to discuss exchanging visits, building trust and cooperating to prevent cross-border crimes.

Thitu lies 26 kilometres (16 miles) from one of the artificial Chinese islands.

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

The President said participants in the APEC Summit are all for peaceful negotiations.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appears to have set the stage for a conciliatory atmosphere when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump next week.

He is expected to meet Trump and other leaders there.

Despite Japan being some distance from the South China Sea, where China has overlapping territorial claims with some ASEAN members, it relies on key shipping channels in the area.

Asked if Trump will bring up human rights issues in Duterte's anti-drug campaign that has killed over 3,000 drug suspects, Kim said, "I think we can expect that the two leaders will be open and frank with each other". That's not your business. "I take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health".

Speaking before members of the Philippine Marine Corps on November 7, Duterte departed from his usual hostile rhetoric against his country's former colonial master.


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