Print Edition - 2017-03-20  |  Money Digest

Can’t stop China developing shoal: President Duterte

- AFP, MANILA

Mar 20, 2017-

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he could not stop China from building on a disputed shoal near his country’s west coast because it was too powerful. The mayor of China’s Sansha city has reportedly said his country would set up an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal, which China seized from the Philippines in 2012. “We cannot stop China from doing (these) things,” Duterte told journalists when asked about the reports. “What do you want me to do? Declare war against China? I can’t. We will lose all our military and policemen tomorrow and we (will be) a destroyed nation,” he told a press conference before departing for a visit to Myanmar. 

Published: 20-03-2017 09:54

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