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Duterte: Why question China’s WPS actions?
« on: May 21, 2018, 01:36:50 AM »
Duterte: Why question China’s WPS actions?
By: Christine O. Avendaño, Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:37 AM May 18, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte - 28 April 2018

President Duterte on Thursday said there was no use questioning why he had allowed China to land planes and install missiles on artificial islands claimed by the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Explaining his administration’s stand not to “go to war” with China, President Duterte told reporters he would discuss with them geopolitical realities and “why I allow things just to stay” on the contested reefs.

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“There is an airport. There are missiles there installed. There are military equipment already in place. So what’s the point of questioning whether the [Chinese] planes there land or not? There’s an airstrip. They would not land on rocks. They have a good airstrip,” the President told reporters.

“You cannot let them leave. Why fight with them?” he said.

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Bilateral meeting

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines already expressed concern over China’s recent activities in the disputed waters in a bilateral meeting held earlier this year.

Quoting Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Roque said the Philippines made use of the bilateral communication mechanism on the South China Sea to convey its take on recent developments.

“They talked about problems in the South China Sea. They discussed the installations of arms and airports in those islands. These were tackled in the bilateral meeting,” he said.

Asked if the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest or used the bilateral meeting to air its concerns, Roque said in a text message: “It was tackled and protests were filed. Both.”

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