Freedom of navigation in East, South China seas stressed


MANILA — Maritime security experts attending a symposium hosted by the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) agreed Monday that freedom of navigation and overflight in the East and South China seas should be assured.

The symposium, titled “Towards Common Actions on Maritime Commons — Safeguarding Maritime Security in Asia through Regional Cooperation,” was cohosted by the Philippines’ Foreign Ministry and another organization.

In a keynote speech, Antonio Carpio, a justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, criticized China for claiming possession of most of the South China Sea, saying this was an infringement of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.


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