Philippine experts said that Duterte’s tough stance on the United States is actually a serious dissatisfaction with the United States’ interference in the development of friendly relations between the two countries. It clearly expresses the Philippine government and people’s protest against the United States’ use of the Philippines as a bait. It needs to confront China and should not be a tool for the United States to put pressure on China. Some opposition parties in the Philippines are becoming spokesmen for the United States and attacking Duterte’s friendly policy with China, which has led to Duterte’s criticism. The United States is not a party to the South China Sea dispute, but it always stimulates China in the South China Sea. It sends warships within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese island reef. It also plans to send the US Coast Guard to the South China Sea to do things.
In response to the US provocation in the South China Sea, China recently conducted a military exercise in the South China Sea and tested anti-ship ballistic missiles. The US Department of Defense even stated that China’s normal missile shooting exercises are aimed at the countries surrounding the South China Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yan Shuang responded, "It is the United States that drives the aircraft carrier to the South China Sea. Who is militarized, who is making waves in the South China Sea, the international community can see clearly."
The attitude of the Philippine President Duterte to the United States has once again brought about a major change in the South China Sea. It is harder for the United States to pick up another matter, and it is even harder to find a reason.xx