Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
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Duterte Says China's Xi Threatened War If He Pushed Sea Dispute

Duterte said Xi gave him the firm but friendly warning when the two met in Beijing on Monday.

"Let's start with it being (a) binding, gentlemen's agreement".

The two parties exchanged views on the importance of addressing South China Sea issues, incidents and disputes in "an appropriate manner", the statement said.

Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, lodged a stern protest with the Chinese embassy in Tokyo by telephone, a ministry official said.

The Philippine delegation to the bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) held in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China on Friday was led by Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta.

The permanent secretary of Singapore's foreign ministry, Chee Wee Kiong, said what he called a "draft" framework would be submitted to a meeting between the foreign ministers of China and the ASEAN states in August in the Philippines.

China has ignored the ruling and insisted that any maritime disputes in the area must be resolved bilaterally, by the countries directly concerned, not through global bodies.

Still, Liu emphasized that the conclusion of the framework is a "milestone in the process and is significant" as this will provide a good foundation for the next round of consultations.

The Philippines welcomed the finalization of the draft of the framework.

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"I think that will be covered by the bilateral consultative mechanism", Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella told reporters at Malacañang.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured a Chinese warship. "They would only sign up to a code of conduct that works for China".

The approval comes 15 years after China and ASEAN had made a decision to forge a set of guidelines.

However, it remains unclear whether the eventual COC will be legally binding.

"During the meeting, the Heads of Delegation initialed the TOR which they agreed should be a platform for confidence-building measures and for promoting maritime cooperation and maritime security".

Negotiations on the code of conduct are expected to take some time.

"Is it concerned about the stability of the South China Sea, or is it afraid of China-Philippines and China-ASEAN relations developing as the situation stabilizes?"

"This is the first time we see what appears to be a drone flown by Chinese ships that are sailing within territorial waters", Suga said.

Japan opened the Yonaguni facility previous year, giving it a permanent intelligence-gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands disputed by Japan and China. Beijing expresses strong opposition whenever USA naval ships pass through the area, even though it maintains there is no threat to freedom of navigation.

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