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ughly and carefully the collision of Chinese and Filipino boats in the
South China Sea, and handle the incident properly with Ma
nila based on facts and in a cooperative and friendly manner.
A Chinese fishing boat and a Filipino fishing boat collided accident
ally in the waters near Liyuetan in the South China Sea
early Monday morning, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
Extending China’s condolences to the Filipino fishermen who expe
rienced the collision, Lu emphasized the collision wa
s an accident, and said China and the Philippines have communicated several times over the incident.