CHINA cannot ignore the growing call from the international community on the need to resolve the South China Sea issue by adhering to the rule of law, President Benigno S. Aquino III said yesterday.
The remark is in line with the Philippines’ case filed at the international Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague, the President said.
“Ngayon, puwede ba ma-ignore ‘yung sa arbitration? Tandaan ninyo, lahat ng bansang may inaangkin dito sa tubig na ito, parating sinasabi, ‘We want to adhere to international law, and this is in conformity with international law,’” he said.
China needs other countries to fuel its economic growth, he said, underscoring the importance of goodwill among nations.
“Umaasa tayo na pragmatic ang ating mga kapatid na Tsino, makikita ang ikabubuti kapag mas maliwanag na entitlements at obligations sa lahat,” he said.
The President further said that the country has done everything to advance its interest in protecting its sovereignty.
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