Singapore naval drill in South China Sea shouldn't hurt us: China

Lucy Bush
May 26, 2017

China has been especially assertive in the area recently, and has not shied away from harsh diplomatic confrontation with the other claimants. "I think Duterte sees China as an indispensable partner for national development".

China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China's ongoing military build-up.

"The utterance...clearly demonstrates to the world China's position regarding the arbitral tribunal outcome that is consistent with UNCLOS", Del Rosario said.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said on Saturday a "frank discussion" had taken place with China on possible oil explorations in the South China Sea and "both parties agreed to pursue a more peaceful resolution to the matter that satisfies both our sovereign and economic rights".

He added that when the Philippine government gives the green light to resume all explorations within its territory, MalacaƱang can invoke global law and the United Nations.

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China claims most of the sea, a key waterway for global shipping, and has reclaimed disputed reefs and installed military facilities on them.

Duterte disclosed Xi's alleged threat in a speech on Friday as he hit back at domestic critics, Carpio among them, who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with The Hague ruling.

Duterte has long expressed his admiration for Xi and said he would raise the arbitration ruling with him eventually, but needed first to strengthen relations between the two countries, which the Philippines is hoping will yield billions of dollars in Chinese loans and infrastructure investments. The move comes as the Philippines' new president, Rodrigo Duterte, pivots away from the United States and toward China.

The parties agreed to "manage and properly control maritime disputes, not take any actions to complicate the situation or expand the dispute, and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea".

Before that happens, China and the ASEAN countries said they will continue following a separate document called the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, or DOC, which among other provisions, commits the parties to "exploring ways for building trust and confidence. on the basis of equality and mutual respect".

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The issue has come to a head in recent years as China has pursued a strategy of building artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities in the region, provoking strong reactions from other claimants as well as the USA, which argues Beijing's actions threaten freedom of navigation and overflight through the strategically vital waters.

Senior Asean and Chinese officials completed negotiations of the draft framework of the CoC in Guizhou province, China, on Thursday, ahead of the mid-year target.

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, a key shipping lane that is believed to be rich in marine and mineral resources.

China was enraged by a ruling a year ago from a Hague tribunal invalidating most of its South China Sea claims in a case brought by the Philippines.

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