Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on China-Filipino Fishing Vessels Collision Incident (June 20, 2019)

On June 20, 2019 Press Conference, responding a question on the collision between Chinese and Philippine fishing vessels. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang made the following remarks:

Once again, I would like to offer sympathy to the Filipino fishermen who were in distress after the accidental collision of a Chinese and a Filipino fishing vessel in Liyue Tan, Nansha.

I'd like to reiterate that China attaches great importance to friendly relations with the Philippines and safety of personnel at sea, regardless of nationality. We will continue to investigate the incident thoroughly and communicate with the Philippine side via bilateral channels.

To find a proper solution, we suggest a joint investigation at an early date so the two sides can exchange respective initial findings and properly handle the matter through friendly consultations based on mutually-recognized investigation results.

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