Beijing threatened the Philippines with war if Manila pressed its claims over the disputed South China Sea islets and drilled for oil in the area, according to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. …
The Chinese leader [Xi Jinping]… allegedly threatened Duterte with an all-out conflict if the latter greenlighted drilling.
Duterte produced his seemingly sensational comments while delivering a speech at the National Convention of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in Davao City.
Well that didn’t take long.
hat-tip Stephen Neil