China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

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SINGAPORE: China urged Southeast Asian nations on Thursday to resolve territorial disputes through dialogue and repeated a warning of “negative consequences” if the Philippines wins an arbitration case in The Hague.
Four Asean member states—the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei—have rival claims with China to parts of the South China Sea and tensions have mounted in recent years since China transformed contested reefs into artificial islands that can support military facilities.
The Philippines has taken a case against China to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where a ruling is due in the coming weeks, which many expect to go against China.
Any sort of arbitration goes against the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea signed between 10 nations from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China in 2002, said Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin.
“The arbitration is not by an international court, it’s arbitration brought unilaterally by the Philippine government against China but China took the decision not to participate in proceedings.”

China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

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