Duterte consistent about China- Palace
Malacañang on Thursday stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte has been consistent
in his policy towards China, as the chief executive has been issuing increasingly combative statements against Beijing in the past days.
Manila and Beijing have been locked in a bitter dispute over the South China Sea, a vital
sea lane where trillions of dollars worth of trade passes through annually.
But since assuming the presidency, Duterte sought to downplay Manila’s maritime dispute with
Beijing in exchange for improved ties with the world’s second-largest economy.
The President’s tone, be that as it may, appeared to have changed as of late, when he scrutinized
China for its “frightful” admonitions to Filipino pilots directing watches over the Spratly Islands.
Reason of Transparently
“He has never been evolving tune. He has been steady. It’s only that there’s no reason for
transparently getting a battle with China since it is counterproductive,” said Presidential
Spokesperson Harry Roque when asked whether the President was altering his position towards China.
“Our position is we won’t surrender an area, however we will now proceed onward regions we can
concur upon and keep up existing conditions in regions we can’t concur upon,” he included.
In a discourse in Cebu City Tuesday, Duterte said jokingly he would send Interior office head Eduardo Año,
a previous military boss, to assault the Chinese on the off chance that they will misuse assets in South
China Sea without the Philippines’ authorization.
Besides, Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano have drawn feedback for Manila’s quiet arrangement towards China. The best representative has, in any case, said the Philippines has been discreetly taking conciliatory activities against Chinese attacks in the debated waters.
In the interim, Roque said any report of conceivable atomic weapons entering the district will by the Philippines as a reason for concern.
This, after the Pentagon cautioned over China’s assumed arrangement to present atomic power plants on questioned reefs in the South China Sea.
“We are worried about the section of all atomic weapons into the Philippine region in light of the fact that our Constitution gives that we [should be] an atomic free zone,” he said.
Furthermore, a critical point to underscore we have an atomic free arrangement and that ought connect to any nation. The worry is against all conceivable atomic conveying vessels from all nations.”