A confrontation between Chinese the Coast Guard and Philippines Coast Guard vessels in a disputed area of the South China Sea provoked a series of public remonstrances from Philippine officials, punctuated by a profane message from the island nation’s top diplomat.
“China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F— OUT,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin tweeted late Sunday. “What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You.”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained a warm and conciliatory posture toward the Chinese Communist Party in recent years, to the discomfort of U.S. strategists in Washington. Yet, Beijing has