'SCS claimants will suffer if harsh to China'
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People from claimant-states in the South China Sea will suffer if they take a hard stance with China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday, as former diplomats and experts expressed concern over Beijing’s continued island-building activities in and militarization of the disputed waters. “In the West Philippine Sea, our neighbors are also claimants. If we go harsh with everyone, our people will suffer – trade, direct foreign investments, tourism,” Cayetano said at the “ASEAN at 50: The Way Forward” forum in Makati City. The Philippines under President Duterte, he pointed out, seeks to “build more bridges of understanding” to attain peace and stability in the region.
Flores, H., Mateo, J., & Santos, R. (2017, August 5). 'SCS claimants will suffer if harsh to China'. Philippine Star, pp. 1, 4.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; Military operations; Trade; Investments; Tourism; International cooperation; International agreements; International law; Law of the sea; Conferences; Land reclamation; Artificial islands; Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development; Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Stratbase ADR Institute; Cayetano, Alan Peter; Duterte, Rodrigo; del Rosario, Albert; Ri, Yong-Ho
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