Int’l political group to China: Follow rule of law in South China Sea dispute


A transnational organization of political groups from 60 countries has called on China to follow the rule of law in resolving the territorial dispute over parts of the South China Sea.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) unanimously adopted an emergency resolution on March 19 calling on China to “respect its treaty obligations under the UN Charter, Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) and generally-accepted principles on international law.”

“[CDI] strongly urges China to pursue peaceful, lawful, and internationally-sanctioned rules on dispute resolution to remove rising tensions in the region and seek peaceful rules-based solutions of the conflicting claims,” it said.

The resolution was proposed by former Philippine senator Edgardo Angara, who is a member of CDI’s executive council and its vice president for Asia Pacific.

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