South China Sea threat: Beijing ally the Philippines labels Chinese presence an ‘irritant’

THE Philippines has U-turned on their relationship with ally China and finally admitted Beijing’s constant presence in the South China Sea has become an “irritant”, sparking new tensions between the Asian nations.

Officials in Manila have expressed concerns about war ships from China entering Philippine territory - despite Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s refusing to condemn it. He sparked outrage over the past week when he declared he would not stop China’s Xi Jinping roaming the waters. But Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called out the Chinese leader himself.

Colleague Salvador Panelo, who is the presidential spokesman, added: “I agree with Secretary...
source: Express

2019-08-19 23:23
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