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Manila refuses to ignore The Hague ruling

MANILA (AsiaNews): Manila has rejected a suggestion from Beijing that negotiations over the South China Sea be commenced outside of and in contempt of the ruling handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12, which declared China has no historical or legal claim to the waters embraced by its ill-famed Nine-Dash Line.

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Bishop’s timely call for prayer for peace in South China Sea dispute

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong called on people of the diocese to particularly pray for peace in the dispute between China and The Philippines, as well as among other stakeholders in the tensions arising over the South China Sea decision handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12.

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Live pyrotechnics display prelude to testy negotiations

HONG KONG (SE): As the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was talking diplomatically with the leaders of the Chinese government in Beijing, Dai Bingguo, a former state councillor and top diplomat in Washington DC, was talking undiplomatically about a ruling the Permanent Court of Arbitration was about to deliver on territorial rights in the South China Sea.

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A red rag to a bull

MANILA (UCAN): The Promotion of Church People’s Response, a national alliance of Church-based organisations in The Philippines, is protesting against a court decision declaring a military agreement that allows an increased presence of United States of America (US) military personnel in the country constitutionally valid.

“We are saddened by the court decision,” Nardy Sabino, a spokesperson for the group, said.

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