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China urges to use “Basic etiquette” and warned against “diplomatic megaphone” after Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. slammed in Beijing in inappropriate tweets.
On Monday, Locsin told China in a tweet that it was “taken out”; as the two countries waged a war in the South China Sea. The secretary is a vocal critic of China in the government of President Rodrigo Duterte and is known for his occasional candid words.
In a tweet several days later, Locsin apologized to China’s state adviser and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, saying he At the same time, Duterte spokesman Harry Roque reported that the Philippine president had warned officials that the disrespect did not take place in diplomacy.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, responded to the Locsin explosion in a statement on Tuesday, saying: “Facts have proven time and time again that megaphone diplomacy can destroy mutual trust rather than change reality.”
But Beijing also has a history of insulting other countries.
The aggressive tactics of Chinese diplomats in recent years have played a greater role on social media platforms such as Twitter, which have been blocked on the mainland. Observers dubbed those tactics “Wolf Warrior Diplomacy”, a hugely popular movie in which Chinese fighters defeat enemies around the world.
The South China Sea dispute
China and the Philippines have for years disputed overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway with a total area of about 1.4 million square miles with trillions of dollars of global trade.
Over the past year, Beijing has taken an increasingly assertive stance in the disputed waters, prompting Manila to protest the presence of Chinese ships in parts of the sea that are internationally recognized as the Philippines.
On Tuesday, Beijing reiterated that Bajo de Masinlook, known as Huangyan Island and its surrounding waters, fell under Chinese jurisdiction.
The Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal, is a coral reef in the South China Sea located about 120 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine coast and 470 nautical miles from the nearest coast of China.
China claims most of the South China Sea, as indicated by the nine marks that indicate China’s territory on the historical map. The International Court in 2016 dismissed what it called the nine dashed lines as legally unfounded, a ruling that Beijing ignored.