President Duterte meets with United States Ambassador Sung Kim at Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City back in January. Malacanang Photo
ABS-CBN: Duterte: US should've sent fleet to halt China structures in disputed isles
MANILA - If the United States really wanted to avoid trouble in disputed territories in the South China Sea, it should have sent a fleet to stop China from building structures there, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
In a conversation with US Ambassador Sung Kim earlier this week, Duterte said he was surprised that America did not utilize its navy’s 7th Fleet, which is headquartered in Japan and patrols the Pacific Ocean, to stop Chinese construction activities once they were spotted by reconnaissance units.
“Sabi ko, I am surprised Mr. Ambassador, because had America really wanted to avoid trouble early on…why did you not send the armada of the 7th fleet?…and say to their face, ‘You cannot build manmade structures sa high seas,’” Duterte said in a speech in Mindoro on Wednesday.
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Update #1: Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands? (AP)
Update #2: Duterte to US envoy: Why didn’t you send ships to stop China reclamation? (Inquirer.net)
WNU Editor: So he wants the U.S. to fight his battles .... while insulting U.S. leaders. That is not how you do things.