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Could this Court Case Strip China of Its South China Sea Claims?

From November 24 to 30, the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) convened in The Hague to hear oral arguments on merit in the The Republic of Philippines v The People’s Republic of China case over competing claims in the South China Sea. After ruling at the end of October that the international tribunal had […]

The South China Sea arbitration: Why does it matter?

On Nov. 24-30 2015, the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague conducted its second hearing on the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The tribunal was established pursuant to Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), to which the Philippines […]

Philippines warns of pro-China South China Sea ruling

The Philippines has expressed confidence that The Hague will come up with a “just decision” in an arbitration case it has filed relating to a maritime dispute over parts of the South China Sea, warning that any decision in support of China could provide an echo of Cold War Germany. A ruling favorable to China […]

UN tribunal at The Hague to rule on rival claims to South China Sea islands

Philippines disputes China claim to sovereignty over Spratly archipelago, where Beijing is building military bases on artificial islands Rival claims to strategic reefs and atolls in the disputed waters of the South China Sea are to go before an international tribunal in The Hague. The hearing on Tuesday – prompted by the Philippines’ claim – […]

PH: China ‘9-dash-line’ doesn’t exist

Philippine lead external counsel Paul Reichler (standing) confers with Solicitor General Florin Hilbay during round two oral arguments in the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China at the UN arbitral court in The Hague on Tuesday. The empty table is reserved for China, which has refused to participate in the proceedings. (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN/Zoilo […]

China: Philippines breached consensus by filing arbitration case

“Our position is crystal clear: we will neither accept nor participate in the arbitration,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spoeksperson Hong Lei said in a press conference on Tuesday. FMPRC MANILA, Philippines – Beijing on Tuesday insisted that the Philippines breached the bilateral consensus between the two countries as it filed an arbitration case before the Permanent […]

Philippines Presents Maritime Claims at the Hague

In a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on Tuesday, a delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case for territorial claims and usage rights in the South China Sea. The Philippine claims contest China’s assertion that it has sovereignty over waters surrounding its […]


THE Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration has set on Nov. 24 the start of the hearing on the merits of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea, even as Manila vowed to pursue the case to the end. Foreign Affairs spokesman DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the […]

Don’t Believe China’s South China Sea Case Statement

The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled on late Thursday (October 29, 2015) that it had jurisdiction over a case filed by the Philippines, which contests China’s claims to nearly 90 percent of the South China Sea. In response to the aforementioned PCA’s decision, on October 30, 2015, China released the Statement of the […]

Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

MANILA: The Philippines Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the U.S. Pacific Fleet released photographs of its commander in a surveillance flight over the sea, where tension is rising between Manila […]