Fears of an all out battle exploded on Monday after aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte denounced Beijing’s alleged territorial incursions. A whole bunch of China’s boats risked harming diplomatic hyperlinks between the 2 international locations and creating “undesirable hostilities,” in line with Mr Duterte’s authorized counsel.
The ships anchored themselves in waters near the Whitsun Reef final week, which is a part of the Spratly Islands archipelago.
Each nations declare sovereignty over the reef, with Manila asserting that it falls inside its unique financial zone.
Mr Duarte’s lawyer, Salvador Panelo condemned Beijing’s keep within the disputed area and warned they may result in “undesirable hostilities that each international locations would moderately not pursue”.
He added in an announcement: “We will negotiate on issues of mutual concern and profit, however make no mistake about it – our sovereignty is non-negotiable.”
The Philippines president’s spokesman, Harry Roque, additionally addressed the tensions throughout a information convention, expressing hopes that each international locations will come to an settlement.
He stated: “We won’t quit even a single inch of our nationwide territory or our unique financial zone (EEZ) and we hope that the pleasant relations will consequence within the peaceable decision of this newest deadlock.”
On Sunday, the Philippines’ Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana warned that China had plans to occupy and assert its dominance over extra areas within the South China Sea.
Mr Lorenzana stated: “The continued presence of Chinese language maritime militias within the space reveals their intent to additional occupy (areas) within the West Philippine Sea.