Duterte's 'agreement' with China
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Basking in the glory of his record-breaking high approval ratings in the latest opinion surveys, President Duterte began his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) by highlighting the minuscule 3 percent that disapprove of his performance. But it is not really the numbers that matter, he added, trying hard not to gloat. It is rather the “will and the courage” to do what is “right and just.” One of the things many Filipinos have been waiting to hear from him is his explanation of what is right and just about the way he has handled China’s intrusion into the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. He promised to give his Sona audience a full “lecture” on the issue.
David, R. (2019, July 28). Duterte's 'agreement' with China. Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A8.
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Exclusive economic zone; International agreements; Law of the sea; International law; Disputes; Territorial waters; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Fishers; Fishing grounds; Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Duterte, Rodrigo; Carpio, Antonio; Xi, Jinping; Trump, Donald