China installs rocket launchers on disputed S.China Sea island

Reacting to China's threat, Carpio also said on Saturday that the Philippines can also run to the United Nations (UN) as another option.

The significance of the meeting lies in the fact the Philippines has returned to the right track of bilateral consultation and managing differences properly with China, Liu said. Experts say China wants to appear to engage ASEAN or bind its claimant states to a weak code at a time when USA policy on the South China Sea is in a state of flux.

"We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours", Duterte said in a speech Friday, recalling his conversation with Xi.

China has ignored the ruling and insisted that any maritime disputes in the area must be resolved bilaterally, by the countries directly concerned, not through global bodies.

Four Indonesian soldiers were killed when a Chinese-made anti-aircraft cannon malfunctioned during an exercise in the Natuna island chain in the South China Sea, the Indonesian military said Thursday. "We avoid violence and we avoid war because frankly, we can not afford it, and China can not afford it also at this time".

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after four Chinese coastguard vessels entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed East China Sea islets and a drone-like object flew near one ship, Japan said.

"He told me, "We do not want to quarrel with you".

"China can say, 'Look we have already reached agreements, are behaving ourselves, so no need for you Americans or others to come in and get in our business, '" Huang said in a telephone interview.

An worldwide tribunal ruled in July a year ago that China's claims to most of the sea were without legal basis, in a case filed by the Philippines under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino.

He said that if it were just up to him, "we will have to fight".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has visited Beijing twice in less than a year and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Duterte claimed that he could not go to war as it will mean a massacre of Filipinos given that China has the biggest army in the world.

CHINA and Southeast Asian countries yesterday agreed a framework for a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea as both sides stepped up efforts to ease tensions in the strategic waterway.

In comments aired on state television, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhemin said that the framework was inclusive and considered the concerns of all affected countries, calling on others not to interfere, referring to the U.S.

This is China's first success in mining flammable ice after almost two decades of research and exploration, Minister of Land and Resources Jiang Daming said.



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