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Duterte: China should ‘temper’ behavior in South China Sea

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 11:08 PM August 14, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte - 28 April 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte (File photo by YONG TECK LIM / AP)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said China should “temper” its behavior in the South China Sea after the Chinese navy threatened a Philippine military aircraft in its latest known flight over China’s man-made islands in the disputed sea.

“You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own. That is wrong. The right to innocent passage is guaranteed,” Duterte told businessmen and diplomats in a speech in Malacañang.

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“I hope that China would temper its behavior. I do not want to quarrel with China,” he added.

The President asserted that ships would not need “any permission to sail through the open seas.”

“And if it’s nearby a territorial water you guarantee what you would call the right of innocent passage,” he said.

The call of Duterte on China to temper its actions in the South China Sea could be his boldest statement after Manila has sought friendlier diplomatic ties with Beijing following our sea row. /atm

READ: China threatens PH military aircraft in latest flight over South China Sea
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