Teodoro Loscin, the Philippine foreign minister, took to Twitter on Monday to criticize China for what he called Beijing’s illegal activities in the South China Sea, according to a report.
“China, my friend, how can I say it politely? Let me see… O… GET OUT THE F —,” he posted on his personal account without censorship. His tweet continued, “What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like a bad guy who forces your attention on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to beget a Chinese Province. “
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Reuters reported that Manila has expressed opposition to what it sees as Beijing’s encroachment on its 200-mile exclusive economic zone.
NPR reported in March that China has around 220 vessels on the Whitsun Reef, which is claimed by the Philippines, China and Vietnam. Delfin Lorenzana, the Filipino defense minister, told the outlet that the territory is in the exclusive area of Manila under established international law.
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Countries in the region have signaled what appears to be a more assertive China.
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