What can a small nation do to battle with China over its reported plans to construct a radar station on Panatag Shoal, off the coast of Zambales?
With no match to Beijing’s highly effective armaments and navy may, President Duterte conceded anew on Sunday that the Philippines can’t do something to elevate a howl over China’s plans regardless of a beneficial ruling that granted rights to the Philippines over the disputed areas in South China Sea.
“We cannot stop China from doing its thing. Di nga napara ng Americano,” he mentioned earlier than flying from Davao City to Myanmar for a two-day official go to.
He additionally questioned a critic for blaming him over China’s incursions in areas supposedly a part of the Philippines’ continental shelf.
” So, what would you like me to do? What would you like? Sir, what would you like me do do? Declare conflict vs China, I can’t however we are going to lose our navy and policemen, tomorrow and we’re a destroyed nation,” Duterte mentioned.
Duterte additionally mentioned he sees nothing of ships from China and Russian observe freedom of navigation within the South China Sea for the reason that United States can also be doing it. He doesn’t need to discriminate any of the three nations– all identified for their respective navy powers across the globe.
“I said you ships are welcome just like Russia to come here and dock and let me sse your armaments there. And Russia, sinabi ko rin ang China. Pero sabi ko, do not do anything to my Coastguard if they also go there…coz you claim to own it, I claim it to be mine,” Duterte mentioned.
Duterte recalled that he has advised Chinese President Xi Jin Ping that he won’t invoke the arbitration ruling for now, however he wants to ultimately deliver the matter on the desk at a correct time earlier than he finishes his six-year time period.