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Philippines sides with Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

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

Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio is seen arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii in preparation for the world’s largest international maritime exercise RIMPAC with 24 other nations. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy) 

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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