10 Nov '17, 4am

Duterte to press Xi on arms buildup in South China Sea

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will "carry the voice of Asean" and raise with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping the arms buildup on the islands China occupies in the disputed South China Sea. This comes as a map released recently by a Washington-based think tank showed the Philippines within range of Chinese warplanes and missiles being deployed to the South China Sea. "I am chair of Asean, and I have to carry the voice of Asean. I have to tell the truth that everybody is worried," Mr Duterte said at a news briefing on Thursday (Nov 9) on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Danang, Vietnam. He said he will tell Mr Xi when he meets him on Saturday (Nov 11) that "the whole of Asean is worried about how we should behave in the seas that are now militarised, afraid that there might be a mistake and there would be shooting." ...

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