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MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favor of the Philippines.

Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm, but friendly warning.

"We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours," Duterte said in a speech, recalling his conversation with Xi.

"His response to me, 'we're friends, we don't want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we'll go to war.'"

Duterte has long expressed his admiration for Xi and said he would raise the arbitration ruling with him eventually, but needed first to strengthen relations between the two countries, which the Philippines is hoping will yield billions of dollars in Chinese loans and infrastructure investments.

The Hague award clarifies Philippine sovereign rights in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone to access offshore oil and gas fields, including the Reed Bank, 85 nautical miles off its coast.

It also invalidated China's nine-dash line claim on its maps denoting sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.

Duterte has a reputation for his candid, at times incendiary, remarks and his office typically backpeddles on his behalf and blames the media for distorting his most controversial comments.

Duterte recalled the same story about his discussion with Xi on oil exploration in a recorded television show aired moments after the speech.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/duterte-says-china-apos-xi-122340225.html
 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-philippines-china-idUSKCN18F1DJ

Duterte recalled the same story about his discussion with Xi on oil exploration in a recorded television show aired moments after the speech.

He said Xi told him "do not touch it".

The message couldn't be more clear, do not touch it. Better listen to China's friendly advice (WARNING) :rofl:
Seriously what was duterte thinking about? Has he gone full retard? China need to temporarily stop funding these small nations.
 

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Why PH wants to drill in SCS? To make money, right? The problem is, PH will receive enough profit from China just by keeping the good relationship with it. The profit is much much bigger than any oil well. Drilling in SCS will be political and economical loss for PH. I believe Duterte knows that.
 
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Why PH wants to drill in SCS? To make money, right? The problem is, PH will receive enough profit from China just by keeping the good relationship with it. The profit is much much bigger than any oil well. Drilling in SCS will be political and economical loss for PH. I believe Duterte knows that.
Duterte better tread carefully or most Filipinos will be eating chicken pagpag
 
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Good to see Chickens coming home to Roost. So much for the bravado, now Duterte should try calling Xi a Bastard. He cann't, he is a false strong man.

This is an example of how China treats her 'friends' -- Read vassals. If Duterte has any real 'balls', he should at least get nuclear weapons from somewhere and test them. That will stop China dead in its tracks.
 

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Good to see Chickens coming home to Roost. So much for the bravado, now Duterte should try calling Xi a Bastard. He cann't, he is a false strong man.

This is an example of how China treats her 'friends' -- Read vassals. If Duterte has any real 'balls', he should at least get nuclear weapons from somewhere and test them. That will stop China dead in its tracks.
or make friends with North Korea.
 

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I think the best option for Duterte would be to give chinese the right to explore and drill oil in waters around Philippines. This way Duterte can earn some Yuan and remain a friend of China and continue barking at the US.
 
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I think the best option for Duterte would be to give chinese the right to explore and drill oil in waters around Philippines. This way Duterte can earn some Yuan and remain a friend of China and continue barking at the US.
To put it in simple terms - he has no option.
 

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