Duterte: South China Sea dispute is ‘better left untouched’
The territorial dispute among the Philippines, China and other claimants of the South China Sea “is better left untouched,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday.
“Today China is the number one economic powerhouse, and we have to be friends. The other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world for so many issues,” Duterte said during his speech at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) business and investment summit (ABIS) and the launch of the Asean Mentors for Entrepreneurship Network (Amen).
“The South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war,” he added.
Aside from the Philippines and China, Asian countries such as Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have claims in the sea. /je
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