Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced the escalation of the territorial conflict with China in the South China Sea, where the states have a territorial dispute. The politician’s words are quoted by the publication Associated Press (AP).
“Unfortunately, I cannot report that the situation is improving. It has become more gloomy than before,” said the head of the Philippines, returning from the APEC summit in San Francisco.
The politician recalled that China continues to build military bases in the region, and also shows interest in atolls and land areas “closer and closer” to the coast of the Philippines.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. also said that his country wants to develop principles of interaction with Vietnam and Malaysia, with which the Philippines also has territorial disputes.
Let us recall that in October of this year, near the Second Thomas Shoal, a collision occurred between a Chinese Coast Guard vessel and a Philippine supply boat.