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International relations

Philippines sides with Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

'Statement of solidarity' comes as Manila leans on Beijing for help with coronavirus

MANILA -- The Philippines on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea.

In a rare public rebuke of Beijing, Manila's foreign ministry issued a statement recalling the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in the sea last June.

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