Before attending the ASEAN-India informal breakfast on the 15th, Dutt was asked by reporters, Do you support the South Navy performance? He simply told reporters no. CNN reported that Dutt said: The United States and all countries should realize that China is there. If you continue to create friction, one day misjudgment will make things worse --- if things go bad, no matter how small, it will happen. He warned that the South China Sea was already in Chinas hands, why should it create friction and that vigorous military action would provoke a response from China.
The Philippine Star newspaper commented that China has always opposed the U.S. move in the South China Sea and accused the U.S. of endangering Chinas sovereignty and security. Duthel Tes statement seems to echo Chinas opposition to the US military activities in the South China Sea. Bolton, US Presidents National Security Assistant, recently said that the US Navy is stepping up patrols in the South China Sea and is ready to strengthen its forces there.
Philippine Daily Inquirer said on the 15th that Dutelt had previously admitted that he was worried about the intensification of tensions between China and the United States. On the 15 day, he emphasized again that the war in the disputed area of the South China Sea would put Philippines at risk. He said, I will not prevent others from fighting, but Philippines is on the edge of these islands. If I fire here, my country will bear the brunt of it. This is related to the interests of my country. Dutt reiterated that ASEAN and China must accelerate their consultations on the South China Sea Code of Conduct at all costs.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in Singapore on the 13th that China is willing to work with ASEAN countries to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, and strive to complete the consultation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in the next three years on the basis of consensus. According to the BBCs report on the 15th, Dutter said on the 14th that ASEAN and China have made steady progress in the initial stage of the negotiation of the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea since the announcement that they will draw up the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea and are expected to complete the preliminary draft of the Code by 2019. The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Duttert as saying that the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea is to ask China to tell Southeast Asian countries how to avoid conflicts in the region, including peaceful settlement of disputes, self-restraint and freedom of navigation. The Philippines are well prepared and hope to reach a consensus as soon as possible through negotiations.