Philippines' Duterte cancels visit to disputed Sth China Sea island

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"China said 'well, in the meantime just do not go there, please?' I said 'yes, I will correct myself because we value the friendship of China", he said.

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"And in the coming Independence Day of ours [12 June], I might, I may go to Pag-asa island to raise the flag there".

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Duterte's earlier announcement on placing troops on the island - claimed by China as well - did not go down well with the communist country. "Until we have illegal recruitment, we will always have runaways in shelters", he said.

Duterte's decision to visit the island was a direct challenge to China's sovereignty over the disputed South China Sea - an issue which has kept the Asian superpower hostile for quite some time now. Also previous year, Duterte cut off joint naval patrols with the United States, China's chief worry at sea because of its military might.

The business interest was sparked after Plaza presented the lucrative investment opportunities in the country while highlighting the "stability of the country to do more business" as well as "stability of the Duterte administration and zero tolerance for corruption", according to Timbayan.

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China has tried to get along with four Southeast Asian rival maritime claimants since the world court ruled in July against the legal basis cited by the Beijing government to explain its control of more than 90 percent of the sea. The spectre increased tensions between the two nations because of the contested nature of the South China Sea. The weakness has been pinpointed as one of the reasons for the failure of the Philippines to prevent intrusions in areas it is claiming in the South China Sea.

President Duterte stated that if there was ever a fight between the United States and China, then the Philippines would be caught in the middle of conflict.

In July 2016, The Hague Tribunal awarded the Philippines sovereignty rights over the Spratly Islands, rejecting China's claim that it has historic rights to the archipelago.

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