Duterte says China's Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oil

The government should, "at the very least", file a diplomatic protest over China's installation of rocket launchers on disputed Fiery Cross Reef, also called Kagitingan Reef by Manila, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

"Generally, the situation has eased in terms of tensions between the Philippines and China", he said, citing regained access by Philippine fishermen to Scarborough Shoal after years of being blocked by Chinese ships.

In a televised speech at a coastguard event, Duterte said Chinese President Xi Jinping urged him to not "force the issue" and to maintain the "warm relationship" between the two countries. "But if you force the issue, we will go to war", Duterte said, quoting Xi in one of their recent exchanges.

Sought for clarification, Carpio explained that the Philippines "can sue" China because the Asian giant "is not complying with the previous ruling" issued by another arbitral tribunal.

Under former President Benigno Aquino, the Philippines had adopted a tough stance on China's claims, but the country's anger at the world's second largest economy has become a warm embrace following the election past year of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has declined to push China on territorial issues in hopes of being rewarded with investment and aid.

Philippine ambassador to China Chito Sta.Romana, said, "That is why the President kept asking the USA ambassador, 'Are you with us or not?' He did not get a clear answer".

An worldwide tribunal ruled in July previous year that China's claims to most of the sea were without legal basis, in a case filed by the Philippines under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino. We don't want to quarrel with you.

The tribunal struck down China's expansive claims over the area based on historical hold.

"This is the objective of this bilateral consultation mechanism, to discuss issues that are contentious, while we pursue non-contentious issues in other fields", the journalist-turned-ambassador said.

With Duterte welcoming billions in Chinese investment after his military shift. "In the end, the techniques use energy in the future will undergo a transformation", said Deputy Department of geological research of the Ministry Whether Csinfo.

It was not the first time the firebrand leader has publicly discussed the content of private meetings with other world leaders.

Southeast Asian nations and China should start with a "gentleman's agreement" on the busy South China Sea waterway because no mechanism exists to legally enforce any deal, the Philippine foreign minister said on Friday.

Abella defended Duterte and said his two-track approach to dealing with China focused on economic growth without compromising Philippine sovereignty.