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North Korea releases detained Russian fishing boat - Russian embassy

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has released a Russian fishing boat held after being accused of violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in North Korea said on Sunday, in an incident that prompted a Russian warning of a freezing of talks on fisheries cooperation.

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China asked to withdraw ship

HANOI: Vietnam has accused China of trespassing and demanded a Chinese survey ship in the South China Sea withdraw in the latest flashpoint over the disputed territory.

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Report: Chinese trawler could have avoided collision

MANILA: The crew of a Chinese trawler that sank a Philippine fishing boat last month could have avoided a collision but failed to do so, and then fled instead of plucking the boat’s men out of the water, a state-appointed probe team has concluded.


RM171.2mil worth of goods seized

KUALA LUMPUR: Some RM171.2mil worth of goods have been seized from smuggling activities and illegal fishing for the first six months of this year, says Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

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China rejects third party Philippines boat sinking probe

MANILA: China has refused a third party investigation into the June 9 sinking of a Philippines boat at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.

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Duterte backtracks on fishing remark

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has walked back statements that China can fish in Philippine waters after he was accused of waiving his country’s rights to its territories, which his critics say exposes him to impeachment.“The President will not relinquish our sovereign rights over our country’s exclusive economic zone,” Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement early yesterday.

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Manila accepts Beijing’s offer

Manila: China and the Philippines agreed to conduct a joint inquiry over the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in disputed waters, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said.

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Just a collision, Duterte says as he downplays sinking

Manila: The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea was “just a collision”, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said as he moved to soothe anger over the crash.

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‘Sinking of Philippines boat an ordinary accident’

Beijing: The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler in disputed waters was described by Beijing as an ordinary maritime accident, after Manila accused the alleged Chinese crew of cowardice for fleeing the scene.


China ready to hit back at U.S. with rare earths - newspapers

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is ready to use rare earths to strike back in a trade war with the United States, Chinese newspapers warned on Wednesday in strongly worded commentaries on a move that would escalate tensions between the world's two largest economies.