China says Philippines ‘closed the door’ on territory talks


Clifford Coonan


The Irish Times


June 9, 2016 


As international arbitration over China’s claims in areas of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines looms closer, Beijing has accused Manila of “closing the door” to talks aimed at settling their differences through negotiation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is expected to rule at the end of June or early July on a unilateral arbitration case submitted by the Philippines on its territorial disputes with Beijing in the region.