Duterte, bound for Bangkok Monday, 'can't stop China'


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during his departure ceremony before a visit to Myanmar at Davao city international airport in Davao on Sunday. (EPA photo)

MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday that his militarily inferior country can't stop China's actions in contested waters, responding to a reported plan by Beijing to construct an environmental monitoring station in a shoal claimed by Manila off the northwestern Philippines.

Duterte made the statement at a press conference in the southern Philippine city of Davao before leaving on an official trip to Thailand and Myanmar.

He is due to arrive in Bangkok on Monday afternoon for a three-day visit before proceeding to Myanmar on Wednesday.

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