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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte rebuked his top diplomat for telling China toof disputed waters, explaining other officials in his government lack the prerogative to speak so indelicately.
"The message of the president is: In the area of diplomacy, there is no place for cursing,” presidential spokesman Harry Roquelocal media. "Only the president can curse, no one else can copy him.”
That censure prompted a public and private apology from Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who erupted Sunday evening in response to the Chinese Coast Guard’s reported harassment of Philippine Coast Guard vessels. Locsin’s outburst made Duterte uncomfortable, in keeping with his penchant for maintaining a conciliatory posture toward Beijing.
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"China has no business telling the Philippines what we can and cannot do within our own waters," Philippines Department of National Defense Director Arsenio Andolong said in the statement. "Therefore, it is they who are encroaching and should desist and leave. We will continue to do what is necessary to protect our sovereign rights." The remarks from the Philippines Defense Department come shortly after China's Foreign Ministry responded to the military exercises and called for them to end.
"China remains to be our benefactor,” Duterteon camera. “Just because we have a conflict with China, does not mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful.”
That statement represents a reassertion of Duterte’stoward China’s , despite Beijing’s failure to deliver the economic investments that helped motivate his . Locsin, for his part, couched the apology in the narrowest terms possible.
“I won’t plead the last provocation as an excuse for losing it; but if Wang Yi is following Twitter then I’m sorry for hurting his feelings but his alone,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. “It’s been my elusive dream to copy until I attain in mind and manner the elegance of Wang Yi. His opinion alone matters.”
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China has no business telling the Philippines what it can or cannot do within its waters, Manila's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, rejecting Beijing's opposition to its ongoing coast guard exercises. © Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana China claims almost the entire South China Sea, where about $3 trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes each year. In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled that claim, which Beijing bases on its old maps, was inconsistent with international law.
A senior Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman tookat Locsin’s initial rebuke but avoided mentioning him by name when urging a “certain individual from the Philippine side will mind basic manners and act in ways that suit his status.”
Locsin gave a puckish response. “Damned decent of them not to mention my name,” he. “I will mind basic manners and act as I’ve usually done in ways that suit my status. I did it well with China in the UN. I just lost it. But these constant provocations … no they’re no excuse for dropping manners.”
He also suggested that China’s so-called “wolf warrior” diplomats have taken inspiration from his behavior, in an apparent implication that Beijing’s complaints about his manners are hypocritical, and reiterated Manila’s position on the sovereignty dispute.
“I lost it this time but then I was provoked by the latest grossest territorial violation,” hein subsequent . “They took a reef of coral and water and poured sand to make it a sandbar then poured cement to make it a tarmac. Guess where they took the sand from? The Visayas. In yet another way Scarborough is ours: our coral beneath our sand above.”
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