The Independent: Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines President tells China huge ocean area 'is ours'
Outspoken leader rolls back on earlier diplomatic overtures to Beijing over territorial dispute
"You go there and tell them straight that this is ours, but I say it in friendship," he told a news conference, when asked about the issue in the waters facing the Pacific Ocean.
His country has no option but to be diplomatic about ownership of Benham Rise, because "I cannot match the might of China," he said.
Beijing and Manila have a separate long-running territorial feud in the South China Sea west of the Philippines, but tensions have eased considerably since Mr Duterte took office last June and began reaching out to China.
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WNU Editor: China has a different point of view .... Rody: Benham is ours; no it isn’t, says China (PhilStar). And to make their point .... China to step up patrols to create ‘first class’ navy (South China Morning Post)
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