“Marriage Built on Coercion”– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Xi Jinping warned of war in the South China Sea if the Philippines tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drilled for oil

Peace and Freedom

By Manuel Mogato| MANILA
Reuters
Fri May 19, 2017 | 9:30am EDT
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

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 favor 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.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said China’s leaders threatened to go to war when he told them Manila planned to drill for oil in the…

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