Decision on PH-China sea row out on July 12 – tribunal


THE maritime dispute case between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) will be decided on July 12.

“The Tribunal will issue its Award on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at approximately 11 a.m. CEST, The Hague,” the court said in a statement late Wednesday night.

“The Award will first be issued via e-mail to the Parties, along with an accompanying Press Release containing a summary of the Award. The Press Release will be in English and French, with an unofficial Mandarin Chinese translation provided,” it said.

The arbitration proceedings between Philippines and China were first initiated in 2013 following the Scarborough Shoal standoff.

China has been conducting massive island reclamation projects in several maritime features in the Spratly Islands.

China claims more than 80 percent of the entire South China Sea including parts of the Philippines 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

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