The explanation comes after he told an audience in China he was cutting off ties with the US.
Lindsay Murdoch is a three-time winner of the Walkley Award, Australia's top award for journalistic excellence. Lindsay is a former correspondent based in Singapore, Jakarta and Darwin. In 1999 he covered the tumultuous events in East Timor, and in 2003 he covered the Iraq war while embedded with US Marines.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte insulted and mocked Americans during a strongly anti-US speech in China's Great Hall of the People.
The president of the Philippines dismisses the South China Sea ruling in his country's favour, in a move sure to delight his hosts in Beijing.
Anti-American protests turned violent in Manila on Wednesday as a Philippine police van rammed into protesters, injuring about 10.
Thai authorities say they have uncovered a plot to explode bombs in the Thai capital as millions mourn the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The coronation of Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be delayed more than a year as Thais mourn the death of their long-reigning king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A 96-year-old retired military officer and former prime minister has been named Thailand's temporary Regent.
The International Criminal Court has bluntly warned Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte that he could face prosecution over extrajudicial killings.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej designated his only son Maha Vajiralongkorn heir apparent to Thailand's monarchy in 1972.
Bhumibol Adulyadej emerged from obscurity to become the world's longest-ruling monarch and Thailand's most dominant and popular figure in a 70-year reign that revived a faltering centuries-old royal dynasty.