China: It is irresponsible to link collision with Philippines-China tiesMANILA, Philippines — Linking the collision of a Filipino fishing boat and a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea to the relationship of Manila and Beijing is irresponsible, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. Beijing reiterated that the collision between the two boats near Recto Bank was "accidental." "It is irresponsible and counter-constructive to link this incident with China-Philippines friendship or even make political interpretations out of it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Monday. According to Lu, the Philippines and China had rounds of communication on the issue through multiple unimpeded channels since the collision happened. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also expressed sympathies to the distressed Filipino fishermen.
Source: Philippine Star June 18, 2019 02:21 UTC