Duterte says Xi threatened war if he pushed sea dispute

Philippine troopers participate in ceremonies on the 79th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city north of Manila Philippines on Thursday Dec. 18 2014

Philippine troopers participate in ceremonies on the 79th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city north of Manila Philippines on Thursday Dec. 18 2014

Russia President Vladimir Putin has condoled with the victims of the attacks in Marawi, an incident that forced Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to cut short his four-day official visit here.

Similarly to the situation with the disputed islands in the East China Sea, primarily contested by China and Japan, the dispute escalated when supposedly rich oil and gas reserves were discovered in the area.

Cayetano said Duterte apparently talked about his meeting with Xi just to respond to a barrage of criticisms that he has been soft on China and has refused to raise the Philippines' arbitral victory past year that invalidates most of China's claims in the South China Sea.

Last month, the Philippines Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana praised Russia's actions in Syria and said that he meant to discuss obtaining Russian military equipment at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

"I think a military attaché is a good way, for example we want to buy products, he will make sure things are going well", he said.

"We will conduct house-to-house clearing and do everything to remove the threat there". Romana, who has worked and lived in China as a journalist before he was recruited to the foreign service, said in a TV interview, "The whole idea.therefore that China was bullying us and threatening us just doesn't pass".

Duterte previously said he was planning to buy precision-guided bombs from Russian Federation to intensify the government's campaign against terrorism and other armed threats. If they still feel calling for us to issue a protest, that's their privilege.

He was welcomed by Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khoavaev and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Vladimirovich Morgulov and given military honors at the Vnukovo Airport.

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Duterte skipped all activities lined up for his visit except the bilateral meeting with Putin, which was hastily moved a day earlier after he chose to fly back to the Philippines early Wednesday morning.

The trip is at the invitation of Putin, whom Duterte met in Peru in November on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific leaders' summit. "Because in Western world, it's double talk." .

To sustain the Philippine's economic growth, Duterte said that they seek to find responsible economic partners to become allies in development.

The Philippines and Russian Federation established diplomatic ties 41 years ago but, until Duterte took office, relations remained relatively low key.

This was partly due to Manila's alliance with the United States. The case was brought to the tribunal in The Hague by the previous Philippine government. Philippine-U.S. trade was worth more than $18 billion previous year.

Duterte said he told Xi in talks last week in China, "My view is that I can drill the oil if there is some inside the bowels of the Earth because it is ours".

According to Abella, Duterte maintains a two-track approach to the country's relationship with the Asian giant.

"It will be their way of poking the eye of America".

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