'Better Left Untouched': Duterte And Xi Agrees No Lives To Be Wasted In SCS Dispute
Ringo | On 13, Nov 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte said it’s not to focus on maritime dispute because he believes that wasting lives in such department is not worthy.
During the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) business and investment summit (ABIS) and of the Asean Mentors for Entrepreneurship Network (Amen), Duterte said the South China Sea is better untouched than to have a war.
“The South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war,” said Duterte as quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Nobody can afford to go to war, either with the big powers Russia, China, Britain or the US.”
Duterte also noted that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping have already agreed the preserve lives.
“We agreed, he agrees. He (Xi) said, ‘If you are President Duterte and you want to preserve the lives of Filipinos, then as President of China, I want to save lives. I don’t waste the lives of my countrymen for a useless war that cannot be won by anybody,” Duterte said.
Duterte also noted that it’s better to be friends with China.
“Today China is the number one economic powerhouse, and we have to be friends. The other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world for so many issues,” said Duterte.