Philippines says no concession to China in sea row

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will send a former president to China to start talks on the ruling on the disputed claims of the South China Sea from The Hague-based Permanent Court of ArbitrationThe Philippines will concede nothing to China as it seeks to implement an international tribunal ruling against Beijing’s claims to most of the South China Sea, its top lawyer said Friday. The UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday ruled against China but Beijing rejected the decision, warning of a “decisive response” to provocative actions against its security interests based on the verdict. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced late Thursday he would send a former president, Fidel Ramos, to China to start talks on the ruling of The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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