Xi Threatens War if Philippines Drills South China Sea: Duterte

The Chinese government replied that its claims were "historical", according to Duterte. "Xi Jinping, I would insist that that is ours and I will drill oil there, '" Duterte said.

Duterte said Xi's response was, "We are friends".

"That is why the president kept asking the United States ambassador, 'are you with us or not?' He did not get a clear answer", he told CNN in an interview.

Duterte reminded Xi that the Philippines won the arbitration case in The Hague.

China on Friday reacted to a naval exercise between India and Singapore in the dispute-ridden South China Sea by saying it has an "open attitude" towards exchanges between countries that benefit regional peace and security. The Philippine President emphasized, "Ours is of legal and of recent memory". Four Indonesian soldiers have been killed and eight others injured by artillery fire in an accident during training on a South China Sea island, the army said today.

But China has faced criticism of what the U.S. has called the militarisation of maritime outposts. According to him, the Philippines have no cruise missiles.

The week-long exercises came as China held talks with Singapore and the nine other other ASEAN countries on Thursday in the southern city of Guiyang.

China has ignored the ruling and insisted that any maritime disputes in the area must be resolved bilaterally, by the countries directly concerned, not through global bodies.

"The utterance...clearly demonstrates to the world China's position regarding the arbitral tribunal outcome that is consistent with UNCLOS", Del Rosario said.

Reuters notes that some of ASEAN's representatives believe China is playing along with the draft framework merely to "buy time for Beijing to wrap up construction activities", at which point Chinese ownership of everything Beijing covets in the region would be a fait accompli, despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague ruling against Chinese claims of sovereignty past year.

Alejano said Duterte raises hell whenever the USA and the European Union reminds him about human rights and adherence to the rule of law. "We avoid violence and we avoid war because frankly, we can not afford it, and China can not afford it also at this time".

What Manila doesn't want to see is China build on Scarborough Shoal - a small but strategic reef and fertile fishing ground 200 kilometers (130 miles) west from the Philippine island of Luzon.

Sta. Romana said the Philippines side raised the issues of arbitration, disputed Spratly islands and the Filipino fishermen's right to fish in the disputed territory. We want to maintain the present warm relationship.

Going back to his speech at the PCGA, Duterte lambasted the officials under his predecessor, Pres. Benigno Aquino particularly former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, who is now constantly criticizing his administration.

China claims almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea (SCS), including islands more than 800 miles from the Chinese mainland, despite objections from neighbours such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

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