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‘Okay, let’s bomb everything’: Duterte urges US

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Published on July 12, 2019 with No Comments

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has called upon the United States to declare war on China over tensions in the South China Sea, in another show of his renegade style of global diplomacy.

The Asian strongman urged Washington to deploy its entire 7th Fleet — military assets composed of up 80 ships and submarines — to push China out of the contested region. In daring the US, Duterte said: “Let’s bomb everything.”  “I have a proposal,” Duterte said,”If America wants China to leave, and I can’t make them.I want the whole 7th Fleet of the armed forces of the United States of America there. When they enter the South China Sea, I will enter,” he said. “I will ride with the American who goes there first. Then I will tell the Americans, ‘Okay, let’s bomb everything.'”

The Philippines is one of five nations with claims in the disputed South China Sea, a 3.5 million sqkm body of water with hundreds of natural islets, reefs, atolls, rocks — as well as new man-made islands.

The area contains not only rich fishing grounds, but also potential natural resources. It is also a shipping corridor vital to global trade. Duterte’s recent dare was also addressed to the opposition at home, particularly the growing criticisms even among his supporters towards the cozy attitude he has towards China.


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