Philippines' Duterte Warns of 'Unfriendly' Greeting for Uninvited Warships
President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Tuesday foreign ships faced "unfriendly" treatment if they ventured into Philippines' territorial waters without permission, in a swipe at China's deployment of warships a few miles off the coast.The warning comes as Duterte faces critics at home who accuse him of being passive over Chinese provocations in exchange for business ties with Beijing, though promised investments have been slow in coming.Duterte's frustration over multiple sightings this year of Chinese warships moving within the country's 12-mile territorial sea, at various locations in the archipelago, was relayed on Tuesday by his spokesman Salvador Panelo."All foreign vessels passing our territorial waters must notify and get clearance from the proper government authority well in advance of the actual passage," Panelo said in a statement, quoting Duterte."Either we get a compliance in a friendly manner or we enforce it in an unfriendly manner," he added.Panelo did not refer to China by name, nor elaborate on what that enforcement might entail.Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters an unfriendly response could involve escorting the unwelcome vessel out of the area. "There are so many things that we can do to be unfriendly," he said.Opinion surveys consistently give Duterte a level of domestic approval never seen at this point in a presidency.The same polls show growing disdain for China over its conduct in the South China Sea and concerns among some Filipinos over an influx of Chinese online gaming workers under Duterte.Duterte is scheduled to visit China next week where he has promised to discuss with counterpart Xi Jinping the Philippines' 2016 international arbitration victory over China.Duterte has chosen not to push that ruling, which invalidated China's claim of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, which is at odds with claims by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan.Beijing did not... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Philippines' Duterte Warns of 'Unfriendly' Greeting for Uninvited Warships, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 20 August
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