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Some countries may want to use the verdict to needle China, but the neighbourhood has reacted cautiously, to ensure that any gains from political negotiations are not undone by the award.
Foreign minister Perfecto Yasay said Yi had proposed bilateral talks but only on issues “outside, or (in) disregard of, the arbitral ruling,” which he declined because it was not in the Philippines’ national interests.
China may have denounced the verdict, but it cannot continue to bully its neighbours. The international community must now work to make it part of the solution.
“There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” the court said.
As fishermen hit by depleted fish stocks sail farther away from the Chinese coasts, they double as unlikely ‘civilian soldiers’ in China’s sovereignty war in regional seas.
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World rice production is expected to decline for the first time this year since 2010, as failing rains linked to an El Nino weather pattern cut crop yields in Asia’s rice bowl.
The Philippines this week launched the world’s first public dengue immunisation programme.