South China Sea Dispute: Rodrigo Duterte To Share Gas, Oil With China

South China Sea Dispute: Rodrigo Duterte To Share Gas, Oil With China
sarawak – south china sea, malaysian borneo Yosomono / Flickr CC BY 2.0
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
Pin to Pinterest
Share on StumbleUpon
What's This?

Partial and unofficial results put Rodrigo Duterte as the presumptive winner of the Philippine elections and that’s why his opinions and possible strategies now matter for the country. Now, according to the soon-to-be president, there is a solution to the South China Sea spat that has been keeping countries on their toes.


Duterte is the presumptive winner of the Monday elections in the Philippines. To that, many are already curious as to what the incoming president will do on the pressing issues the Philippines is currently faced with. One of the more pressing is South China Sea.

According to Duterte, if he becomes the president, he would be settling the South China Sea tensions through multilateral talks including allies such as the United States, Australia and Japan. He also added that China should honor the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone granted to coastal states with respect to international law.

“I would say to China, ‘do not claim anything here and I will not insist also that it is ours’. But then I will just keep (turn) a blind eye,” Reuters quoted Duterte as he talks to reporters about the partial voting results.

Like us on Facebook

“If you want joint ventures, fine, we can get the gas and the oil,” he said. “I believe in sharing.”

Tensions have been high in the South China Sea especially because of the trade potential the region offers. The presumptive president also added that claimant countries should come together and talk.

“They would want a multilateral roundtable discussion, probably this year,” he said pertaining to Western countries.

“I do not think anyone is interested in going to war. Although we are allies with America, we will agree to, say, multilateral participation.”

However, another report from The Washington Post suggested that Duterte’s rise in power may actually raise more uncertainties in the disputed region. According to the report, the news that Duterte will take the presidency could have major implications since his critics remain uncertain on how he will handle domestic and international policy.

“Foreign relations has been a major gap in Duterte’s published platform to date, and he and his team have yet to publicly define their approach to the South China Sea,” the publication quoted Jay L. Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea.

Also read: South China Sea WW3: Philippines Leaving US, Australia As Allies? Rodrigo Duterte Raises Alarm

Liked this story? Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on America.


  • plansmaker

    The days of “world’s policeman” is coming to an end.
    From Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama, American Navy dominated the oceans of world. With severe economic downturn of last 8 years coupled with $19 trillion national debt plus military bases expenditures around the world. USA will be hard pressed to maintain its global domination.
    If military conflict occurs in the next 5 years with China, the result will be a stalemate. After five years China will have the advantage winning the military conflict. I believe China has the geographic advantage. its weakness is in advanced military hardwares.
    In 2020 China’s military capability against U.S. military alliance will not a significant factor in event of full scale conflict. No one wanted this conflict because the regional/ world economy will be crippled.