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PH to include more ancient maps in territory case vs China

MANILA – The Philippines intends to submit more ancient maps to the United Nations arbitral tribunal to strengthen its case against China’s so-called Nine-Dash-Line map, the Foreign Affairs chief said on Thursday. China has been claiming about 90 percent or the whole West Philippine Sea citing its nine-dash-line of its ancient map. “If you look […]

Philippines-China ties: What went wrong?

“IS this how the Philippines should deal with its powerhouse neighbor?” Former President Fidel V. Ramos raised this question in 2011 following conflicting reports on the dates of President Benigno S. Aquino’s state visit to China. But back then, relations between the Philippines and China were still in good shape. Hu Jintao was then the […]

China has a sitting judge in ITLOS, who wrote legal article on 9-dash line – veteran China watcher

MANILA – A Chinese legal scholar, who wrote an article about the 9-dash line published by the American Journal of International Law (AJIL), is a sitting judge in the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) where the Philippines has filed a complaint against China’s “excessive claim” in the South China Sea. Chito […]

Japan backs PH in case before UN

MANILA, Philippines—Japan, which is facing similar security issues with China, has reaffirmed its support for the Philippine recourse to international arbitration over its dispute with Beijing involving territories in an area of the South China Sea, called the West Philippine Sea by the Philippines, citing its basis in international law. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida […]

Comment: Why Beijing should let international law reign in the South China Sea

The perilous churn in the South China Sea, dubbed “Asia’s Cauldron” by one leading strategic analyst, stems from the overlapping claims of six states – Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam – over a body of water vital to global trade, which contains energy resources and abundant fish stock in its vast depths. Negotiations […]

Kishida: Japan backs Philippine lawsuit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has told his Philippine counterpart that Japan supports a case that the Philippines filed against China over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, according to sources. Kishida held talks with Albert del Rosario on Friday during his visit to Hiroshima to attend a foreign ministers’ meeting for the Nonproliferation […]

Philippines tests rule of law

On March 30, the Philippines submitted a memorial detailing its arguments and evidence against China’s nine-dash line and other aspects of Beijing’s South China Sea claims to an arbitration tribunal at The Hague. The 10-volume, nearly 4,000-page document marks a bold step by Manila, and one that Beijing seems to have believed never would actually […]

DFA: UN tribunal cannot enforce ruling on China sea row

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations arbitral tribunal cannot enforce its ruling on the case filed by the Philippines against China’s excessive territorial claims, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, DFA Spokesman Charles Jose said whatever decision the tribunal may reach, it will be both legally binding to the […]

New China ambassador tries to mend fences with Philippines

MANILA: China’s new ambassador to the Philippines on Tuesday met President Benigno Aquino to try to mend relations strained by a festering territorial dispute. Zhao Jianhua, who arrived in the Philippines over a month ago, briefly met Aquino after presenting his credentials, said presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte. “It went well,” she told reporters. Valte said […]

WWII veteran supports Philippines’ case vs China

MANILA, Philippines — A 91-year-old Filipino veteran who fought against Japanese forces during World War II believes that armed conflict is no longer the way to solve matters today. Ricardo Madayag, among the veterans honored on Wednesday in commemoration of the Fall of Bataan, approved the Philippine government’s bid to settle the maritime row through […]