Philippines' Duterte Stops Construction On South China Sea Sandbars

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Duterte to raise South China Sea issue with China's Xi

The two countries have always been at odds over the South China Sea, although ties have warmed substantially under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who says it is smarter to do business with China than pick a fight with its far superior military.

"Do not do anything that will disturb the equilibrium that is now present there", he said of the decision, speaking to reporters before flying to Vietnam for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit where Chinese leader Xi Jinping was also due to attend.

In an article published under his name on Thursday in the official Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, Xi said Vietnam and China "need to well manage our differences and disagreements".

"You want to control the passage, or do we have free passage?" China and Taiwan, on the other hand, are claiming most of its features.

"The truth is, if I could only confront China or if it is China alone - that's the problem".

"I do not take it against China".

Duterte repeated that if he will engage China, he will have to engage all the other claimants in the disputed waters.

"What will now happen to our general claim of being the economic zone belonging to my country? May namatayan na nga eh", Duterte said. In many cases China's sweeping claim-demarcated by its nine-dash line-intersects with other nations' exclusive economic zones.

The Philippine and China are signatories to the treaty. Despite this, China, in the waters it also claims, expects joint development of the resources, which include oil and natural gas. The five-member panel also found that China had caused "severe harm" to the marine environment because of its land reclamations.

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"I suppose that I'd bring [up] the matter (sea dispute) because while we were focused on the dangers of North Korea, regarding its sabre-rattling and lahat doon nakatingin".

Lorenzana said the Commander in Chief halted the construction of the makeshift shelters for fishermen in the West Philippine Sea in August, after he was advised by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano that it may be violative of a regional agreement.

"We tried to put some structures on one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted", Lorenzana said. I am very sure of that.

"We intend to sit down with China to draft and agree on a protocol to resolve immediately any incident", he said, adding he hoped talks could start this year.

Thitu, known in Tagalog as Pag-asa and as Zhongye Dao in Chinese, is about 16 miles from one of China's artificial islands.

"Look, we are all for peaceful negotiations".

Relations with China sank to historic lows under former president Benigno Aquino, as Manila pursued an aggressive approach to push back against China's expansion in the South China Sea.

He said he will tell Mr Xi when he meets him on Saturday (Nov 11) that "the whole of Asean is anxious about how we should behave in the seas that are now militarised, afraid that there might be a mistake and there would be shooting".

For example, China has built a new drone to deliver supplies to islands lacking a proper runway.

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