Shortly after taking office, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he was breaking longstanding ties with the U.S. in favor of aligning more closely with China. Now he might be regretting that move.
Duterte says Chinese President Xi Jinping has threatened to go to war with the Philippines over oil in the disputed South China Sea — an increasingly complicated and competitive area.
China claimed the biggest chunk of the sea, but an international court ruled that it had no claim to it. But the court has no way to enforce its rulings, so they're only binding if the countries are willing to listen — which China isn't.
Despite the spat, both sides seem to want a diplomatic solution — at least for now.