In this undated photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. (Liu Rui/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES
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A senior Chinese official Tuesday brushed off calls for a boycott of the Philippines after an international arbitration court found for Manila in its dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.Some Chinese have reacted by calling for boycotts on products from the Philippines and the United States, which many in China blame for pushing the case.Asked if China would take retaliatory trade measures against the Philippines because of the ruling, China's vice minister of commerce Gao Yan told reporters that trade relations with Manila were developing smoothly.Total two-way trade between China and the Philippines rose 5.7 percent in the first six months of the year to $22.3 billion, according to Chinese customs figures.Calls for boycotts of countries deemed to have offended China are not uncommon.
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