The Philippines, he said, should strengthen alliances, particularly with defence treaty partner, the United States.
He also criticised Duterte for dealing with China bilaterally and at Naresuan University and an expert on Thai military.
The public does not appear too concerned. The government says military recruitment numbers doubled this year from the previous year and attribute that to public approval of their hard-line tactics in breaking a political impasse “his habit of presenting a picture of hopelessness so people would agree to his own solutions like the full embrace of China”.
Duterte has orchestrated a staggering reversal of Philippine foreign policy towards China, that had persisted for years.
Perhaps more revealing than a military government stacked full of military men is the number of orders issued by the junta: 358 in total since 2014.
The orders aimed to impose discipline on every aspect of Thai choosing not to confront Beijing over the South China Sea, but to tap it for billions of dollars of loans and investments for infrastructure, the backbone of his economic agenda.
Duterte disclosed Xi’s alleged threat in a speech on Friday as he hit back at domestic critics, Carpio among them, who said he had gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with The Hague ruling. He discussed it with Xi when they met in Beijing last Monday.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said a “frank discussion” had taken place with China on possible oil explorations in the South China Sea and “both parties agreed to pursue a more peaceful resolution to the matter that satisfies both our sovereign and economic rights.”
Abella defended Duterte and said his two-track approach to dealing with China focused on economic growth without compromising Philippine sovereignty. Reuters public life.
Army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said those efforts by the junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order, had improved Thailand.
“Overall, people are satisfied with concrete changes in society,” Winthai said. Reuters
A store showing Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o cha on TV during his weekly broadcast in Bangkok on Friday.
Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio holding a hard copy of his e-book that questions China’s historic claims to most of the South China Sea.