South China Sea: Duterte backs down after Beijing protest

Source: Philippine Star [Philippines]

“President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said Wednesday, disclosing details of the territorial spat for the first time. The dispute over a string of sandbars called Sandy Cay emerged in August and prompted China and the Philippines to consider negotiating some sort of arrangement to prevent such incidents from spiraling out of control, [Philippines defense seceretary Delfin] Lorenzana said. The rift over the tiny sandbar, where Filipinos planned to erect fishermen’s shelters, in the group near Philippine-occupied Thitu island in the Spratlys archipelago remains unresolved but both sides pledged not to occupy any new territory, he said.” (11/08/17)

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