Journal of Political Risk, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 2017
By Sannie Evan Malala
Sannie Evan Malala is a small farmer in the Philippines.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on Friday, May 19, that Chinese President Xi Jinping had threatened war if the Philippines forced its claims in the South China Sea. Duterte and Xi had a restricted meeting last May 15 during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. There Duterte expressed his plan to drill oil in the South China Sea, as he claimed. And he said the response was “we’re friends, we don’t want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we’ll go to war.” (I think I’m familiar with this pulling of words.) This is clear lawlessness.