Duterte: China doesn't own airspace over disputed sea
Duterte: China doesn't own airspace over disputed sea
Philippine leader says China wrong to police airspace over disputed sea
17 August, 2018, 05:03
China has alarmed and angered its neighbours by claiming dominion over most of the South China Sea and building a string of artificial islands and military airbases.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has urged China to temper its behaviour in the disputed areas of South China Sea.
Cayetano said that the joint exploration of contested territories in the South China Sea would not push through if both nations would continue to fight over it, likening the agreement to a ceasefire between warring parties. "It's man-made and you say that the air above these artificial islands is yours", Duterte was cited as saying by Efe news.
He said that it was "wrong" that China claims these disputed waters as its territories since they are "considered a part of global sea" and "the right of innocent passage is guaranteed", according to the official transcript of a speech provided on Wednesday.
Last Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said an investigation will be conducted if the Chinese military has repeatedly ordered the Philippine military aircraft to "leave immediately or you will bear responsibility for all the consequences".
"You can not create an island". It does not need any permission to sail through the open seas.
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"Our ships and aircraft have observed an increase in radio queries that appear to originate from new land-based facilities in the South China Sea", Commander Clay Doss, public affairs officer of the USA 7th Fleet, told the AP by email in response to questions about the Chinese messages.
"I hope that China would temper at least its behavior. And the right of innocent passage is guaranteed", he said. "I don't think it will harm anyone if we all work together and find out what's in there", he added. But at this time, because you will create...
The incident came even as the Duterte administration sought to downplay Manila's maritime dispute with China.
Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea.
The Filipino leader, however, said he would raise the verdict of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) before his six-year term ends in 2022 despite China's rejection of the ruling.
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