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adroth:
Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
(Associated Press)  | Updated January 16, 2017 - 4:22pm

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/01/16/1663254/philippines-issues-first-protest-vs-china-under-duterte

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think thank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country's top diplomat said Monday.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said a note verbale was issued after the report came out last month.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies report said that anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attack have been placed on all seven of China's newly created islands.

Yasay told CNN Philippines that Manila had responded, but did so quietly.

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adroth:
Philippines says protested against China arms buildup on South China Sea isles

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-philippines-china-idUSKBN1501E4?il=0

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing's installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea.

The protest note was sent to the Chinese embassy in December, after confirmation of a report from the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies about a weapons buildup on seven artificial islands in the Spratlys.

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Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told CNN Philippines it was important to raise concerns carefully, and not create a big row.

"I just want to assure the Filipino people that when we take action at engaging China in this dispute, we do not want to take such aggressive, provocative action that will not solve the problem," he said.

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adroth:
Defense chief: China militarization in West PHL Sea 'very troubling'
Published January 17, 2017 2:43pm

China's militarization of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea is troubling considering its government's call for peace amid the territorial dispute, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.

"The actions of China in militarizing those disputed features are very troubling," Lorenzana said in a statement. "They do not square with the Chinese government's rhetoric that its purpose is peaceful and friendly."

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- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/596044/news/nation/defense-chief-china-militarization-in-west-phl-sea-very-troubling#sthash.BhaxjfZ6.dpuf

adroth:
Duterte says China's Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oil
Manuel Mogato

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-southchinasea-philippines-china/duterte-says-chinas-xi-threatened-war-if-philippines-drills-for-oil-idUKKCN18F1E9

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In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines.

Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm, but friendly warning.

“We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours,” Duterte said in a speech, recalling his conversation with Xi.

“His response to me, ‘we’re friends, we don’t want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we’ll go to war.”

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adroth:

--- Quote from: adroth on January 22, 2018, 02:55:57 AM ---Philippines questions Chinese presence at Benham Rise
By Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) | Updated March 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/10/1679794/philippines-questions-chinese-presence-benham-rise

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sent on Friday a letter to the Chinese embassy in Manila following reports on the presence of Chinese ships at Benham Rise which has been declared part of the country’s exclusive economic zone.

In a statement, DFA said that it had sent a note to the embassy of China to seek clarification on this reported incursion into the country’s territorial waters.

The Philippines also expressed its concern on the presence of Chinese ships in the area which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

“The Philippines has expressed concern about the reported presence of Chinese ship in Benham Rise, which has been recognized by the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf as Philippine waters,” the DFA said.

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"We are concerned about the presence of a Chinese ship in Benham Rise, which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the Philippines," Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesperson, said in a statement.

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