Philippines: We will not give up our Soiuth China Sea claims despite China “Belt and Road” participation

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Ambassador Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana said the South China Sea dispute might derail trade and economic ties once it is forced amidst the reinvigorated ties between Manila and Beijing. File

BEIJING – The Philippines’ claim over the disputed areas in the South China Sea will not be abandoned despite President Duterte’s participation in China’s Belt and Road Summit.

Ambassador Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana said the South China Sea dispute might derail trade and economic ties once it is forced amidst the reinvigorated ties between Manila and Beijing.

“It could, if it is not handled properly, as we experienced in the past couple of years. Here you have to understand the broad strategic approach of the Duterte administration,” he said when asked if the South China Sea dispute would be brought up…

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