The US top diplomat to Asia, Mr Daniel Russel, heads to the Philippines this weekend on a previously scheduled trip and the issue of Mr Duterte's comments is now likely to top the agenda.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday walked back comments he made in Beijing a day earlier that his country would cut economic and military ties with the United States.
"I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russian Federation to talk to (President Vladimir) Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world -China, Philippines and Russian Federation". His pronouncement was met with applause, but Duterte did not explain what he exactly meant to do and when.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, asked in Beijing about Duterte's comments, said countries should not resort to win-lose mentalities.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that Filipino fishermen may be able to return to the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal in a few days after he discussed the territorial rift with Chinese leaders, but he did not provide details, including whether China imposed conditions. I can not do that. Why?
On Thursday, Duterte told businessmen during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum: "In this venue, I announce my separation from the United States both in the military.not social but economic also".
On Friday, Duterte's economic managers were quick to clarify the Philippines was not cutting economies and trade ties with the United States.
Upon returning to the Pacific island nation, Duterte clarified his remarks and said he could not sever USA ties because it would inflict substantial harm. "It is in the best interest of my country that we maintain that relationship (with the U.S.)".
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Duterte said China and the Philippines have agreed to pursue peaceful negotiations to resolve the sea dispute. "That's what we discussed".
"China has been a friend of the Philippines and the roots of our bonds are very deep and not easily severed", he said.
Duterte's spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said the president's announcement was a "restatement of his position on charting an independent foreign policy".
He has described Barack Obama as the "son of whore" and told the European Union "fuck you" in response to criticism of his deadly crack down on drugs that has left thousands of people dead, some of them allegedly in targeted assassinations. "I have separated from them".
"What is unfolding before us must be considered a national tragedy, which does not need to happen", he said. But Duterte's "anti-U.S." sentiments and statements have caused anxiety in Washington.
In July, an arbitration court in The Hague ruled that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights. In its July ruling, the tribunal invalidated China's claims under a 1982 United Nations treaty in an embarrassing defeat that Beijing has ignored.
The U.S. and its Western and Asian allies have called on China to respect the outcome.
Resuming its provocations in the South China Sea, the Pentagon conducted a new "freedom of navigation" patrol near Beijing's land reclamation projects, receiving a warning from Chinese vessels, Sputnik reported.