For the record, I think he is talking about the South China Sea, those artificial islands and all of that, that China is pushing it’s territorial claims forward. I think it is in that context.
’Let’s Bomb Everything’: Philippines President Duterte Urges U.S. To Declare War on China
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte once again demonstrated his unconventional style of global diplomacy on Monday, calling on the U.S. to declare war on China over tensions in the South China Sea.
The strongman leader called on Washington to deploy the U.S. 7th Fleet—some 70 to 80 ships and submarines—to the South China Sea to push China out of the contested region.
The Philippines is one of five nations whose claims in the South China Sea overlap with Beijing’s. The area contains rich fishing grounds, vital shipping routes and potential natural resources, but China has dismissed competing claims and enforced its control there by building a network of military bases on expanded or man-made shoals and reefs.