Thursday, 6 April 2017

Philippines' Duterte plans to visit disputed South China Sea island

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he wants to visit an island the Philippines asserts in the debated South China Sea and raise the Philippine banner.

China guarantees nearly the whole South China Sea, where about $5 trillion worth of seaborne products pass each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan likewise have claims.

Duterte said he wants to visit Thitu on Independence Day in June. Read more:-International Database

Thitu is near Subi Reef, one of seven synthetic islands in the Spratlys that China is blamed for mobilizing with surface-to-air rockets, among different combat hardware.

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