- China expressed its support to the Philippines’ decision to pull out of ICC
- The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman praised President Duterte’s war on drugs
- The spokesman called on the international community to support Pres. Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign
The Chinese government expressed its support to the decision of the Philippines to pull out of the Rome Statute; the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).
On March 14, President Rodrigo Duterte officially notified the United Nations Secretary General of his decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute following the ICC’s announcement that it will conduct preliminary probe on President Duterte’s alleged human rights violations committed in the campaign against illegal drugs.
According to CNN Philippines, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday, March 28, that the ICC “should respect the sovereignty of nations, act cautiously and avoid being used as a political tool.”
“China believes that a sovereign country has the right to say no to political manipulation under the cloak of law,” Lu Kang added.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman praised President Duterte’s war on drugs and called on other nations to support it.
“We have said before that since he took office, President Rodrigo Duterte has firmly cracked down on drug-related crimes and improved public security, which creates the sound environment for the Philippines’ economic development and its people’s peaceful life and wins full approval and wide support at home. The international community should give more understanding and support to those efforts instead of pointing fingers and casting blames.”