Beijing summons Phl envoy, keeps door open to talks


BEIJING – China summoned Philippine Ambassador Erlinda Basilio on Monday to lodge a strong complaint over Manila’s seeking of international arbitration.

The filing of the case against China on Sunday at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague subjected Beijing to international legal scrutiny over disputed waters of the South China Sea for the first time.

Chinese deputy foreign minister Liu Zhenmin told the Philippine ambassador that Beijing was “extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to the case Manila had brought to The Hague, Netherlands, repeating that China did not accept it and would not participate.

“The Philippines’ forcing of international arbitration is not conducive towards resolving the Sino-Philippine dispute over the South China Sea,” the foreign ministry quoted Liu as saying.


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