Recall the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was going to heavily reinforce “all ocean features controlled by Manila” and plant the Philippine flag on them.
Now, it turns out that the People’s Republic of China has instructed its newest client state not to do so, and Duterte has obeyed. He’s withdrawn his “threat”
because he values Chinese friendship.
PRC Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang:
Beijing is “happy to see the Philippine side working more closely with the Chinese side.”
Duterte’s strong words having been exposed as so much hot air clearly demonstrates the need for a revitalized and strong American presence everywhere in the South—and East—China Seas.