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British frigate to sail through South China Sea

British frigate to sail through South China Sea

The politician said it was important that the US, Britain, Australia and other countries "assert our values" in the South China Sea.

To date, Roque said that the current foreign policy of the Philippines with China is for issues that are non-contentious such as investments and trade to "proceed as soon as possible" and for contentious issues such as the South China to "proceed on the basis of bilateral negotiations".

Duterte ordered an end last week to all foreign scientific research missions in Benham Rise after officials said the Philippines' undisputed sovereign rights in the potentially oil- and gas-endowed body of water off its northeastern coast came under question.

"A good example is in terms of what you've been looking at in terms of critical national infrastructure. we've always encouraged investment from outside but it's making sure it's for right time of investment and it isn't something that puts our utilities, our critical national infrastructure in a more vulnerable position".

Koh said that while he believed the British plan was "overhyped", and that the U.S. Navy would remain the "primary FONOP player", the Chinese reaction highlighted its fears that the South China Sea dispute could once again return to prominence in capitals across the globe.

If HMS Sutherland sails through the South China Sea without provocation, Chinese will have no objection to its passage.

"But just the same, we can not fight America, just like China".

The Philippines in 2011 accused Chinese ships of harassing a survey vessel hired by Forum Energy, which had won a contract to explore oil and gas in the Reed Bank, near the Spratly.

Freedom of navigation in South China Sea is not a problem.

"All countries in accordance with worldwide law enjoy freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea".

"With the objective of maintaining and promoting peace and stability in the region, both sides discussed ways to manage and prevent incidents at sea, promote dialogue and cooperation on maritime issues, and enhance mutual trust and confidence". "Both sides had a positive, fruitful and productive meeting".

One of Australia's key intelligence and security allies has warned of the need for vigilance to "any form of malign intent" from China, as it rapidly seeks to become a global superpower.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippines and China had a frank, cordial, exchange of views on issues of concern on the South China Sea. Some of the alleged "breakthroughs" mentioned in media accounts are actually not new at all, such as the agreement for ASEAN and China to begin negotiations on a code of conduct (CoC) early next month, which was in fact already agreed to at the 20th ASEAN-China Summit a year ago in Manila.

Roque said that the BCM was established based on the joint statement issued after President Rodrigo R. Duterte's landmark visit to China in October 2017.


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