Xi jilts Duterte on sea claim: Won't accept PH win in The Hague
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Beijing told visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that its position on the South China Sea was not up for negotiation, a spokesman for the leader said Friday. China claims most of the contested sea, including waters close to Philippine shores, and has rejected a UNbacked international tribunal ruling that said its assertion to the sea is without legal basis. President Duterte is under growing pressure at home to challenge China— after largely setting aside the standoff for years—with tensions high after a Chinese fishing trawler hit and sank a Filipino boat in June in the contested waters. In a meeting between the Philippine leader and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday evening, Xi reiterated his government’s position of not recognizing the tribunal ruling “as well as not budging from its position,” said Duterte’s spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said.
Blancaflor, M., Rada, J. G., & Cruz, M. V. (2019, August 31). Xi jilts Duterte on sea claim: Won't accept PH win in The Hague. Manila Standard, pp. A1, A2.
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