>> Damage control in the Philippines on Monday after President Rodrigo Duterte rocked the boat last week, claiming that Chinese President Xi Jinping had threatened war if the Philippines goes ahead with plans to drill for oil in a part of the South China Sea claimed by both sides. The report sparking protests in front of the Chinese Embassy in Manila, and a bid by the foreign minister to try and smooth things over.
>> There was no language, or even thought that would lead any of the two presidents to believe that there was disrespect for them or their country. It is but natural that when you talk about peace and when you talk about conflict, the word war may come up.>> Last year, a court in the Hague ruled that the Philippines has a right to offshore oil and gas fields in its exclusive economic zone.
Duterte has come under fire for not pushing China to comply with the ruling, some accusing him of selling out to Beijing. Duterte has won some notoriety for his unfiltered comments, last year, telling former US President Barack Obama to go to hell, and often leaving his cabinet to pick up the pieces.