China should “expect the worst” should its military exercises spill over into Philippine territory, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Friday (August 28).
Locsin made the remark in an interview over CNN Philippines a day after China fired ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in response to the United States’ aerial activities in what Beijing considers a “no fly zone.”
“I immediately consulted the map and it was clear the naval exercises did not take place in the coordinates of our Philippine territory. However, I warned, and this kind of irritated Beijing, should these exercises spill over to my territory then they must expect the worst,” he said.
“I have a specific territory outline and that I will not brook any violation of my territory,” Locsin added.
According to the South China Morning Post, a US U-2 sply plane reportedly entered a “no fly zone” designated by China without permission. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian described the spy plane overflight as “provocative actions” and called on the US to stop.