Philippine foreign minister tells China to 'Get the F**k Out' over South China Sea dispute
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Teodoro Locsin, the Philippines' secretary of foreign affairs, speaks during an interview in Manila, the Philippines, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The U.S. is projecting ???strategic confusion??? in the South China Sea, Locsin said, prompting the Southeast Asian nation to deepen its ties with China. Photographer: Carlo Gabuco/Bloomberg
The Philippine foreign minister on Monday demanded in an expletive-laced Twitter message that China's vessels get out of disputed waters, the latest exchange in a war of words with Beijing over the South China Sea.
The Philippine foreign minister on Monday demanded in an expletive-laced Twitter message that China's vessels get out of disputed waters, the latest exchange in a war of words with Beijing over the South China Sea. The comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for blunt remarks, follow Manila's protests for what it calls the "illegal" presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines' 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Responding to a request for comment, a spokeswoman for the US State Department reiterated a March 28 statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying the US "stands with our ally, the Philippines, in the face of (China's) maritime militia pressure in the South China Sea. "
On Sunday, the Philippines vowed to continue maritime exercises in its South China Sea EEZ in response to a Chinese demand that it stop actions it said could escalate disputes.