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Duterte stuck between rock and shoal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his militarily inferior country can't stop China's actions in contested waters, responding to a reported plan by Beijing to construct an environmental monitoring station in a disputed shoal off the Philippines' northwest coast.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his militarily inferior country can't stop China's actions in contested waters, responding to a reported plan by Beijing to construct an environmental monitoring station in a disputed shoal off the Philippines' northwest coast. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has reacted to China's aggressive expansion in the South China Sea. "We cannot stop China from doing this thing, even the Americans were not able to stop it,” Mr Duterte said on Sunday. "So what do you want me to do? Declare war against China? I can, but we'll all lose our military and policemen tomorrow, and we are a destroyed nation,” he said. His remarks come after reports China plans to build an "environmental monitoring station” on Scarborough Shoal off the north-western Philippines.


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