Duterte says Beijing should ‘temper’ its behavior in the South China Sea

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the Chinese government to tone down its behavior in the South China Sea, warning ongoing tensions could spark an accidental conflict.

Speaking Tuesday at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Duterte said the heavily-contested region could become a “flashpoint.”
“I hope that China would temper at least its behavior. I do not want to quarrel with China,” he added.

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