Philippines Defies China, Brings Up South China Sea Issue in Asia-Europe Meeting

Philippine Secretary for Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay Jr. stood up against China’s wishes by bringing up the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision on the South China Sea dispute during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia. China earlier said that the ASEM is not an appropriate venue for discussions and have long warned rivals against making statements during multilateral meetings. Yasay reiterated his pronouncement for sobriety while insisting that all parties should respect the tribunal’s decision. Officials…

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