Philippines’ Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island

April 13, 2017 MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has canceled a planned visit to an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea, after Beijing warned him against the visit. The brash Philippine leader last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine flag in the island of Thitu and fortify it with barracks, setting off alarm bells. “Because of our friendship with China and because we value your friendship I will not go there to raise the Philippine flag,” Duterte said in a speech before…

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