Philippines' Duterte: China threatened 'war' over sea row

Philippines' Duterte: China threatened 'war' over sea row

Philippines' Duterte: China threatened 'war' over sea row

The Philippines welcomed the finalization of the draft of the framework.

In Indonesia, four soldiers were killed and eight were wounded in a naval exercise near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea when a Chinese-manufactured anti-aircraft gun malfunctioned.

Both countries will be represented by an equivalent number of officials of their respective foreign affairs ministries responsible for maritime affairs. Just $5 a month.

The fuel source has a lot of potential in China, analysts at Morgan Stanley said Thursday, citing the country's successful trial and government support to develop the industry. He added that the framework outlined various components that may eventually make it into a code of conduct, but that "these are only the elements of the COC, not the eventual rules of the COC".

China has piled sand upon reefs to build seven islands in disputed parts of the Spratly archipelago.

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 previous year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favor of the Philippines.

As South China Sea analysts await the public release of the framework, several questions persist about the nature of the agreement.

China-Philippines relations have seen "a handsome turn around", Liu told the press Thursday, adding that China highly appreciates the positive, friendly and constructive attitude adopted by the Duterte government.

Under the Philippines' chairmanship of ASEAN, China's relative bargaining position has clearly improved with the Southeast Asian grouping. Chinese media said the country had succeeded in extracting an average of 16,000 cubic meters of gas per day in the South China Sea. Most notably, in 2012, ASEAN leaders failed to issue a joint statement after a summit in Cambodia over these divisions.

In a speech before members of the Philippine Coast Guard, he recounted telling Chinese President Xi Jinping that Manila wanted to drill for oil in the South China Sea, presumably inside Reed Bank, where a Philippine company had started exploration works.

Many worldwide non-claimant nations, particularly the United States, however, want the South China Sea to remain as global waters considering the fact that a high proportion of the world's trade passes through this region. The award resolved a case that the Philippines under Aquino had filed in early 2013 after the highly publicized 2012 stand-off with Beijing over Scarborough Shoal.

The parties agreed to "manage and properly control maritime disputes, not take any actions to complicate the situation or expand the dispute, and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea". The actual provisions of the Code of Conduct are uncertain, as none of the parties have divulged any details since their announcement.

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