Tag Archives: Arbitration

China rejects U.N. arbitration on disputed South China Sea

The Arbitral Tribunal under the UN Convention on Law of Seas (UNCLOS) established at the request of the Philippines has no jurisdiction over the case, Mr. Hong said. China on Monday rejected a UN tribunal’s arbitration on the disputed South China Sea saying it had no jurisdiction over the case even as Beijing asserted it […]

International Court Hard for China to Ignore

When an international court ruled in late October that it had jurisdiction to hear a case filed by the Philippines against China over the disputed South China Sea, Beijing dismissed the decision, saying it would “lead to nothing”. Philippine officials as well as some foreign diplomats and experts disagree, saying China could come under intensified […]

South China Sea row ruling may be issued before May 2016 polls

DAVAO CITY — A high-ranking official of the Supreme Court said the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague is expected to issue a decision on the Philippines’ territorial dispute with China before the May 2016 elections. But at the same time, Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio warned of Beijing’s continued military buildup […]

Phl lead counsel: China to lose influence if it defies tribunal’s decision

FILE – In this Friday, April 17, 2015 file photo, protesters display placards during a rally at the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines to protest moves by China in “fortifying” its claims at the disputed Spratlys Islands in the South China Sea. China’s campaign of island building […]

The South China Sea arbitration: Why does it matter?

On Nov. 24-30 2015, the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague conducted its second hearing on the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The tribunal was established pursuant to Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), to which the Philippines […]

Philippines warns of pro-China South China Sea ruling

The Philippines has expressed confidence that The Hague will come up with a “just decision” in an arbitration case it has filed relating to a maritime dispute over parts of the South China Sea, warning that any decision in support of China could provide an echo of Cold War Germany. A ruling favorable to China […]

UN tribunal at The Hague to rule on rival claims to South China Sea islands

Philippines disputes China claim to sovereignty over Spratly archipelago, where Beijing is building military bases on artificial islands Rival claims to strategic reefs and atolls in the disputed waters of the South China Sea are to go before an international tribunal in The Hague. The hearing on Tuesday – prompted by the Philippines’ claim – […]

PH: China ‘9-dash-line’ doesn’t exist

Philippine lead external counsel Paul Reichler (standing) confers with Solicitor General Florin Hilbay during round two oral arguments in the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China at the UN arbitral court in The Hague on Tuesday. The empty table is reserved for China, which has refused to participate in the proceedings. (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN/Zoilo […]

China: Philippines breached consensus by filing arbitration case

“Our position is crystal clear: we will neither accept nor participate in the arbitration,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spoeksperson Hong Lei said in a press conference on Tuesday. FMPRC MANILA, Philippines – Beijing on Tuesday insisted that the Philippines breached the bilateral consensus between the two countries as it filed an arbitration case before the Permanent […]

Philippines Presents Maritime Claims at the Hague

In a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on Tuesday, a delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case for territorial claims and usage rights in the South China Sea. The Philippine claims contest China’s assertion that it has sovereignty over waters surrounding its […]