Teodoro Locsin’s comments, known for his outspokenness, follow protests from Manila over what she calls the “illegal” presence of hundreds of Chinese ships inside the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the United States. Philippines.
“China, my friend, how politely can I say that? Let me see… O… GET OUT THE F ** K,” Locsin tweeted on his personal account.
“What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You. You’re like a bad jester who forces your attention on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to spawn a Chinese province … Locsin said.
Responding to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the US State Department reiterated a March 28 statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying the US “supports our ally, the Philippines, in the face of pressure. (Chinese) maritime militias in the South. China Sea. “
“As we have said before, an armed attack on the Philippine armed forces, public ships or aircraft in the Pacific, including the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the U.S. mutual defense treaty. -Philippines, ”added the spokesperson.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea, through which approximately $ 3 trillion in maritime trade passes annually. In 2016, an arbitral tribunal in The Hague ruled that the request was incompatible with international law.
In a statement released on Monday, the Philippine Foreign Ministry accused the Chinese coast guard of “overshadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuvers and radio challenges to Philippine coast guard vessels.”
On Sunday, the Philippines pledged to continue maritime exercises in its South China Sea EEZ in response to a Chinese demand to cease actions it says could exacerbate disputes.
As of April 26, the Philippines had filed 78 diplomatic protests in China since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, according to data from the Foreign Ministry.
“Our statements are also stronger due to the more brazen nature of the activities, the number, the frequency and the proximity of the intrusions,” said Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, executive director of strategic communications at the Foreign Ministry. .
Duterte, for the most part, pursued closer ties with China in return for Beijing’s pledges of billions of dollars in investment, aid and loans.
“China remains our benefactor. Just because we are in conflict with China does not mean we should be rude and disrespectful,” Duterte said in a weekly national speech.
“So please just allow our fishermen to fish in peace and there is no reason to create any problems,” Duterte said, addressing China.