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The Philippine Foreign Minister on Monday requested the latest exchange in a South China War of Words with Peking in an explosive Twitter message that China’s ships have come out of controversial waters.

Teodoro Locsin comments, sometimes known for being blunt, are following Manila’s protests over what he called the “illegal” presence inside a 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines by hundreds of Chinese ships (EEZ).

“China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F*** OUT,” Locsin tweeted on his personal account.
“What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province …”, Locsin said.

A request for comments was not answered immediately at the Chinese embassy in Manila. Earlier Chinese officials said fishing boats took refuge from rough seas at the disputed Whitsun Reef. In answer to a comment request, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterates that US spokesperson for the US State Department said “the USA has to face (China’s) maritime force pressure at the South China Sea with our ally, the Philippines.” “The USA stands with its ally.

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“As we have stated before, an armed attack against the Philippine armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US -Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty,” the spokeswoman added.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea and every year passes by approximately $3 trillion in ship-borne trade. In 2016, an arbitration court in The Hague ruled that the claim contravened international law. The FDA accused Chinese coastguards of “shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuvers and radio challenges for the Philippine coastguard vessels” in a statement on Monday. On Sunday in response to a Chinese request that it stop acting and that it could escalate disputes, the Philippines pledge to continue maritime exercises in its South-China Sea EEZ.

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Since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, the Philippines had submitted to China 78 diplomatic protests on April 26.
“Our statements are stronger too because of the more brazen nature of the activities, the number, frequency and proximity of intrusions,” said Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, executive director for strategic communications at the foreign ministry.

In exchange for the pledge of Beijing of trillions of dollars in investment, aid and lending, Duterte has mainly pursued warmer links with China.
“China remains to be our benefactor. Just because we have a conflict with China does not mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful,” Duterte said in a weekly national address.

“So, kindly just allow our fishermen to fish in peace and there is no reason for trouble,” Duterte said, addressing China.

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Source: Reuters

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