From Asahi Shimbun
PRRD on China's artificial islands:
"It's not intended for us. The contending ideological powers of the world or the geopolitics has greatly changed. It's really intended against those who the Chinese think would destroy them and that is America."
China claims almost the entire South China Sea, a strategic waterway where $3 trillion (320 trillion yen) worth of goods passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have overlapping claims.
PRRD on Chinese in Benham Rise:
He also played down concerns about the recent moves by China to assign Chinese names to several undersea features in Benham Rise, an area the size of Greece in the Pacific Ocean which the United Nations awarded to the Philippines as part of its continental shelf.
"That is ours, period," he said. "I am not allowing any expedition anymore. China went there and put up markers. Those are just directions and of course, they can do it in Chinese, it's their dialect."
PRRD joke to make the Philippines a province of China:
Before ending his speech, he cracked a joke offering the Philippines to become a province of China. "If you want, you can make us a province, like Fujian. Province of the Philippines, Republic of China," he added.