Chinese Coast Guard ships patrol the disputed island in the South China Sea. Philippine lawmaker and foreign policy expert has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to avoid Beijing’s policy of subjugation.
Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of remaining virtually silent while refusing to remove Chinese ships from the Manila Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea.
Several of the country’s officials and defense chiefs, including the country’s top diplomat, have directly opposed China. However, at that time the president of the country was locked in his mouth.
Duterte did not even mention the South China Sea when he spoke last Thursday night. Earlier, his spokesman said the president had begun diplomatic talks. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera reported the news.
The Philippine Coast Guard said on Thursday that some Chinese ships had left after repeated objections. But there are 240 more ships there.
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima of the Philippines has warned that if Duterte and the military fail to deal with China, the Philippines could become one of China’s “satellites.”
He also said that despite the United States’ support for Manila’s position on the South China Sea issue, Duterte’s submission to China could be detrimental to the integrity of the Philippine territory.
Since Duterte came to power in 2016, he has sought to forge closer ties with China and, in many cases, distance himself from Washington. He even threatened to sever military ties with the United States.