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PH-China ties: A time for everything

In the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament of the Bible, it is written:

The Philippines and China discussed setting up a “two-track’’ system that would allow them to cooperate in some areas while separately handling “contentious issues’’ such as their South China Sea territorial dispute, a Manila envoy said yesterday.

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THE United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in the Netherland has finally ruled that China’s claim to the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea has no legal basis and the contested islands are well within the Philippines’ maritime economic zone. It’s a historic victory for us.

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As Asia’s biggest security summit is set to convene, China on Friday accused the Philippines of seeking to negate its sovereignty in the South China Sea by describing Taiping Island as a reef and not an island in Manila’s territorial court case.

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Incoming acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. believes that it is still necessary for the Philippines to engage China in bilateral talks with regards to their territorial dispute over parts of the resource-rich West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.

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President Aquino has cautioned about possible chaos in the region if the rule of law is totally ignored in dealing with maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

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