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South China Sea dispute: Philippines foreign minister lambasts China

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China reacted asking “relevant people in the Philippines” to observe basic etiquette, asserting its sovereignty over disputed Huangyan island.

Manila [Philippine], May 4: Issuing a warning to China against the incursions into the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, foreign minister Teodoro Locsin asked Beijing to get out of disputed waters.

Issuing an expletive-laced warning to China, Locsin tweeted, “China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F**K OUT.”

This type of warning came as over 200 Chinese vessels have remained in the disputed waters for the last 30 days and “maritime militia” vessels have repeatedly refused to withdraw the ships from Manila’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea.

“What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province …” Locsin said.

China reacted asking “relevant people in the Philippines” to observe basic etiquette, asserting its sovereignty over disputed Huangyan island., China called on the Philippines to stop taking actions that complicate the situation.
“It has been proven that ‘microphone diplomacy’ cannot change facts, but can only undermine mutual trust. It is hoped that the relevant people in the Philippines will comply with basic etiquette and their identities when making remarks,” Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday.

The high-profile feud has escalated with China threatening Philippines to stop taking actions that complicate the situation.

The exchange of war of words between the countries happened despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s friendly stance toward China.

Both countries claim the rich fishing area, which China effectively seized in 2012 by surrounding it with its coast guard and surveillance ships after a tense standoff with Philippine vessels.

Meanwhile, the United States has said it will stand by the Philippines amid the territorial disputes.

The Philippine Coast Guard asked the Chinese ships to leave Whitsun Reef, as at least 240 Chinese vessels remained in the area and surrounding waters .

The Philippine Foreign Ministry accused China’s coast guard of “shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuvers, and radio challenges of the Philippine coast guard vessels.”

Till date, the Philippines had filed 78 diplomatic protests to China since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016,




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