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Duterte Says Philippines Won't Oppose China on Sea Activity

  • Duterte to push for joint exploration in South China Sea
  • No assurance U.S. will back Philippines in war, Duterte says
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Duterte Says Philippines Won't Provoke China Into a War

Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that he would not provoke China into a war following reports that the Chinese military landed long-range bombers on an airport in the South China Sea.

“You know they have the planes, not stationed in Spratly but near the provinces facing -- Chinese provinces facing the Spratly and the China Sea. And with their hypersonic, they can reach Manila within seven to 10 minutes,” Duterte said in a speech on Saturday in Cebu, according to transcript emailed by his office Sunday.