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Tuesday, May 4 2021


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China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F**K OUT. What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province…

That’s the foreign minister of Philippines Teddy Locsin Jr tweeting at Beijing, expressing his anger at repeated and illegal incursions by Chinese ships into his nation’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. They have also been harassing Filipino coast guard vessels. When pushed about his language, Locsin said “usual suave diplomatic speak gets nothing done.” As of April 26, Manila has filed 78 diplomatic protests against China’s actions.

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