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Manila says it’s ready to protest Hong Kong sinking of fishing...

THE PHILIPPINES would file a diplomatic protest if investigations show that a Hong Kong vessel had deliberately sunk a Filipino fishing boat in its territorial waters, its top diplomat said on Wednesday.

China refuses to recognize arbitral ruling

CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Thursday refused to recognize the 2016 arbitral ruling that voided China’s claims to more than 80% of the South China Sea even as his “old friend” Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte insisted that the decision was “final, binding and not subject to appeal.”

China ‘thoroughly, seriously’ investigating boat collision — ambassador

CHINESE Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China is “thoroughly and seriously” investigating the collision between a Chinese vessel and a Filipino boat on June 9.