The top diplomatic representative of the Philippines launched insults at the Xi Jinping regime on Twitter, amid a crisis over the presence of Chinese ships in the disputed South China Sea.
“China, my friend, how can I put it politely? Let me think … OR … GET THE FUCK AWAY”, Tweeted the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Teodoro Locsin.
“What are you doing to our friendship? Your. We do not. We are trying. Your“Added the diplomat.
The latest dispute between Manila and Beijing over these resource-rich waters, which China claims almost entirely, erupted in March, after hundreds of Chinese ships were spotted inside the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone.
Xi Jinping and Rodrigo Duterte (Reuters)
China rejects calls by the Philippines to withdraw the ships and tensions escalated as Manila increases its maritime patrols in the area..
Locsin frequently uses this type of language on Twitter and defended his latest outburst by saying that traditional diplomatic language does not get results. Questioned by his manner, he replied: “The usual mild diplomatic language does nothing; his real goal is to find a job after retirement in a multilateral conversation workshop for the diplomat when he starts to graze ”. And when a Mexican analyst called it “untranslatable,” Locsin responded in Spanish: “Yes, cunt.”
The Philippine Department of Foreign Relations accuses the Chinese Coast Guard of “belligerent actions” against Philippine ships participating in maritime exercises near the disputed Scarborough Atoll.
The Chinese-controlled Scarborough is one of the richest fishing grounds in the region and a source of tension between the two countries, which have rival territorial claims. It is 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of the main island of Luzon, in the Philippines.
China seized it in 2012 and has subsequently ignored a 2016 international court decision that declared its landmark claim over most of the South China Sea unfounded..
The once cold ties between the two countries had heated up under President Rodrigo Duterte, who set aside the ruling in exchange for trade and investment promises that critics say have largely failed to materialize. Faced with mounting internal pressure to adopt a tougher line, Duterte said last week that Philippine maritime patrols would continue, insisting that their sovereignty over the waters was non-negotiable.
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