China on Tuesday urged the Philippines to abide by “basic etiquette” and the megaphone after the South East Asian nation’s foreign minister used an exclusive-lace Twitter message to demand China’s ships leave the disputed waters. The diplomacy should be avoided.
Teodoro Loxin’s remarks, sometimes known for blunt comments, follow Manila’s opposition to what she calls the illegal presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines’ 200-mile Special Economic Zone (EEZ).
In a statement, China’s Foreign Ministry urged the Philippines to respect the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the nation and stop actions that complicate the situation.
“The facts have proven time and again that microphone diplomacy cannot change the facts, but can only reduce mutual trust,” it said.
“It is hoped that relevant people in the Philippines will follow basic etiquette and their position when commenting.”
The ministry cited the remarks of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that differences between countries on personal issues should not affect friendship and cooperation.
“China has always worked, and will continue to work with the Philippines, to resolve differences and advance cooperation properly through friendly consultation.”
China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $ 3 trillion of ship-borne trade passes each year. In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled that its claim was inconsistent with international law.
Losingin quoted the Chinese government head on Twitter on Tuesday, saying, “I will not plead the last provocation on the pretext of losing it; but if Wang Yi is following Twitter, I apologize for hurting his sentiments.” Want to. ” Diplomat.
Duterte has reminded his officials that there is no scope for cursing in terms of diplomacy. “Only the president can commit nuisance,” his spokesman Harry Rock told a regular news conference.
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