MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines foreign secretary tweeted an indecent phrase apologizing on Tuesday in which China sought to exit the Philippine-claimed territory in the South China Sea, angered the Philippine president.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Lokocene Jr. ravaged China on Monday, when the State Department announced that it had resisted the patrolling, control, dangerous maneuvers and radio challenges of Philippine Guard ships. Disputed Scarborough Shoal April 24 to 25.
Locsin compared China to “an ugly phew” who was “forced to draw his attention to a handsome man wanting to be a friend.”
Loksin said he was only apologizing to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, to ensure that their friendship would continue. “I will not plead the last provocation on the pretext of losing it; But if Wang Yi is following Twitter, I’m sorry for hurting his feelings, but his alone, “Loksin tweeted.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who has nurtured friendly relations with China and its leaders since he took office in 2016, expressed his jealousy in televised remarks on Monday night.
“Just because we have a conflict with China does not mean that we should be rude and abusive,” said Deuter. “We have many things to thank China for in the past and now for its assistance.”
China has donated and sold COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, which have struggled to secure enough doses to vaccinate up to 70 million Filipinos amid tight global supplies. Unlike Western governments, China has also not criticized Duterte’s bloody anti-illegal drug cradle, leaving thousands of mostly suspected suspects and dangerous human rights groups.
The Philippines has issued dozens of diplomatic protests to China over the territorial dispute. Loksin and Secretary of Defense Delphine Lorenzana have also issued increasingly sharp remarks against Chinese actions in the disputed waters, despite Duterte being favorable to Beijing.
The escalating feud between Manila and Beijing began after Philippine authorities launched more than 200 suspected Chinese vessels, which were spotted at the Whatsun Reef in early March. Lorenzana and Loxin demanded the ships leave, then the government deployed naval and coast guard vessels to the area. China said it owns the reef and Chinese ships were sheltering from rough seas.
At a distance of about 175 nautical miles (325 kilometers) west of the Philippine province of Philippine, many Chinese ships have left Whitson, but many remain marshes in the region, part of a shallow atoll partially covered by China and Vietnam. is. The Philippine government states that the reef is within an internationally recognized offshore area where Manila has exclusive rights to exploit fisheries, oil, gas and other resources.
While being careful with his accent on China, Duterte respected two former Philippine officials, who have criticized the country’s territorial conflicts with Beijing. He used foreigners and called former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio “fools”.
Del Rosario and Carpio were among Philippine officials who brought the country’s conflict with China to international arbitration in 2013. The Arbitration Tribunal ruled extensively in favor of the Philippines based on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and invalidated China’s claims. Historically the entire South China Sea. China refused to participate in arbitration, ignored the 2016 ruling and continued to avoid it.
Jim Gomez, The Associated Press