Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP

‘Any suggestion?’ Philippine president Duterte asks after Xi Jinping reaffirms South China Sea claims

  • ‘Have you heard of any sane solution short of going to war,’ Duterte says when pressed over meeting with Chinese president last week
  • Xi reportedly urged Philippine leader to ‘put aside’ the dispute and focus on pushing forward a deal on oil and gas exploration
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.