Duterte meets Turnbull

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/foreign-affairs/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-meets-malcolm-turnbull/news-story/d8da01bd73749b06e0f8748deb178f5d

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has assured Malcolm Turnbull he was concerned about China’s military expansion in the South China Sea a day after saying the conflict was “better left untouched”.

The previous Philippines government brought a case against China in the international courts over the country’s vast claims to the waters, but Mr Duterte has been far less strident.

“The South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war,” he said on Sunday.

The formal meeting was the first between Mr Turnbull and Mr Duterte. Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano as well as Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary Frances Adamson also attended.

Mr Duterte said there was “no issue” with relations between the two nations.

“I assure you the relations between the two countries are strong as has always been there’s no problem about that,” he said.

The controversial Philippines President said he was concerned about “what’s happening in the South China Sea [and] the continued build up of the military installations”.

But Mr Duterte told Mr Turnbull the situation puts him in an “uncomfortable” position.

“Let me inform you last night I had the bilateral meeting with Mr Xi Jinping and I told the president of our misgiving and they were surprised I was changing my tone.”

“Also I have to bring this up and I told them of the continued (inaudible), this puts us in a very uncomfortable [position]. We do not know what will happen next.”

In the South China Sea, apart from China, there are also rival by Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

In a long speech given at the start of the bilateral meeting, Mr Duterte said he was not raising security issues and appeared to suggest he would leave the result of the conflict up to the Chinese-championed code of conduct process.

“The sooner that we can have the Code of Conduct then we would know.”

“And I said that ee are not raising the security issues because everybody else, there are six contesting countries.”

Mr Duterte also said Taiwan of becoming more assertive in the dispute.

“Taiwan is also getting assertive because it’s only claiming part of that sea,” he said.

After a drawn out siege in the Southern Philippines city in Marawi involving Islamic State-backed militants, Australia has recently decided to send military trainers to the country.

Mr Turnbull will visit the military headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines today outside of Manila.

Mr Duterte’s crackdown on drug crimes has seen a vast number of extrajudicial killings.

Government sources said the controversial war on drugs was discussed in the meeting.

Earlier Mr Turnbull chatted briefly with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who has issued a veiled criticism of Australia’s handling of Manus Island over the weekend.

https://www.rt.com/news/409620-duterte-war-south-china-sea/

Philippines President Duterte recommended avoiding confrontation and leaving the situation in the disputed South China Sea “untouched.” Meanwhile, Trump says he is “good mediator” and offered to help with the regional dispute.

“We have to be friends, the other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many issues,”Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines capital, Manila, on Sunday.

“The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war,” the Philippines strongman said.

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rodrigo!

no swear words or cursing this time..on his best behavior!

“The formal meeting was the first between Mr Turnbull and Mr Duterte. Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano as well as Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary Frances Adamson also attended.”

australia helped put down the black flag wavers uprising in philippines..mates?

401

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