Philippines in Talks on China Boats Near Disputed South China Sea Shoal

  • Vessels ‘not fishing boats’ according to Duterte’s spokesman
  • Duterte to raise arbitration ruling when it is appropriate

The Philippine Navy's World War II-vintage warship BRP Rajah Humabon anchored in Manila in May 2015.

Photographer: Ted Aljibe/AFP via Getty Images

The Philippines said it is using a back channel with China to find out why at least 10 Chinese vessels have gathered near the contested Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

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