Rodrigo Duterte has described any criticism from the US as a violation of Philippine sovereignty.
To assert Philippine independence from the US, Duterte has openly suggested sourcing military hardware from Russia and China, writes Heydarian [Reuters]To assert Philippine independence from the US, Duterte has openly suggested sourcing military hardware from Russia and China, writes
“No, I will only bring [up] the [arbitration case] face-to-face [with China]… because if you quarrel with them now, claim sovereignty, make noise here and there, they might not just even want to talk,” declared Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before his global diplomatic debut earlier this month.
The Filipino leader reassured his Chinese counterparts that he wouldn’t even mention Manila’s landmark legal victory against China during latest discussions of the South China Sea disputes at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
This was no trivial matter. In its arbitration case, the Philippines managed to convince an international arbitral body, constituted under the aegis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to nullify the bulk of China’s “historic rights” claims over almost the entirety of the South China Sea, a global artery of trade.