President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his remarks during the virtual plenary session of the ASEAN-China Special Summit at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on November 22, 2021. The President, in his remarks, recognized China as ASEAN’s comprehensive strategic partner. Nevertheless, he raised the South China Sea issue, saying that it has become a strategic challenge that cannot be solved by force.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez following his attendance in the virtual plenary session of the ASEAN-China Special Summit at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on November 22, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez following his attendance in the virtual plenary session of the ASEAN-China Special Summit at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on November 22, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his remarks during the virtual plenary session of the ASEAN-China Special Summit at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on November 22, 2021. The President, in his remarks, recognized China as ASEAN’s comprehensive strategic partner. Nevertheless, he raised the South China Sea issue, saying that it has become a strategic challenge that cannot be solved by force. RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO