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Duterte asks China to ‘meet halfway’ in South China Sea disputes

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday urged China to “meet halfway” to resolve disputes in the South China Sea.

Duterte made the remark during his speech at the Partido Demoktratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan rally in Batangas.

“Sabihin ko sa China ngayon that they should also meet halfway. Kagaya ng mga mangingisda natin, tapos yang palibutan nila yang Pagasa. Ang Pagasa Island, sinabi huwag ninyong i-surround kasi may mga sundalo ako diyan,” he said.

“Nag warning lang ako, hindi ko tinatakot ang China. It could precipitate trouble there. Pag may namatayan ako ng sundalo maski isa, magulo na yan,” added the President.

Duterte expressed doubt the United States, the Philippines’ only military ally, will come to our aid in case of an armed attack in the disputed region.

“Amerika? Mag suicide kaya ang America ng nuclear war para sa atin? Kasi pag nag nuclear war, ubos tayong lahat sa mundong ito. Russia bitawan niya lahat. Bitawan ng China. Bitawan ng British. Puro nuclear. Tapos magsabi ka na punta tayo ng China, samahan mo ako para mag giyera. Would America risk a third world war just to defend (us) para makuha ang Spratly na yan?” he asked.

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