12 Nov '17, 3am

#China assures 'safe passage for all' in #SouthChinaSea, Xi tells Duterte on sidelines of Apec

#China assures 'safe passage for all' in #SouthChinaSea, Xi tells Duterte on sidelines of Apec

MANILA - China is guaranteeing "safe passage" for all nations using the South China Sea, and it is willing to work with Asean to maintain peace in this strategic waterway, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. Mr Duterte told reporters on Saturday (Nov 12) he discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping the arms build-up in occupied islands in the South China Sea. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in the Vietnamese resort city of Danang. He said Mr Xi told him: "No, it's nothing… He assured us again, 'Don't worry, you have all the rights of safe passage." "He knows that if he goes to war, everything will blow up. He acknowledged that war cannot be promoted by anybody, but it would only mean destruction for all of us," he said. Mr Duterte said in a news briefing on Thursday (Nov 9) that, as Asean chair, he had to inform...

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