China happy about Duterte’s ban on military in West Philippine Sea drills

President Rodrigo Duterte’s inclination toward China became stronger as it orders the Philippine Navy to cease from joining maritime drills in the West Philippine Sea, a move that favors Beijing’s claims in the region.

“We appreciate President Duterte’s remarks and stand ready to properly resolve maritime disputes with the Philippines through friendly consultations to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea and the entire region,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin in a report by China Global Television Network.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that president has a standing order for the Philippine military to stay out of naval exercises with other navies in the West Philippine Sea except if these were within 12 miles from Philippine shores.


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