Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr at a foreign ministers' meeting of Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bangkok in August. Photo: AP

Philippines’ Teodoro Locsin says Beijing’s South China Sea code is like ‘a manual for feeding a dragon in your living room’

  • Locsin described the code of conduct sought by Beijing to address South China Sea dispute as ‘implicit recognition of Chinese hegemony’
  • He also emphasised Manila’s relationship with the US, which he called ‘the eternal engine of endeavour and invention’
Topic |   South China Sea

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Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr at a foreign ministers' meeting of Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bangkok in August. Photo: AP
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing at the end of August. Photo: Xinhua

Duterte’s South China Sea U-turn: illegal climbdown, or clever gambit for oil?

  • Philippine president says he will ignore an international court’s ruling and plough ahead with joint oil and gas exploration with Beijing in the South China Sea
  • Experts say he’s either breached the constitution, or made a very smart move
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing at the end of August. Photo: Xinhua
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