Beijing argued the Philippines that bilateral negotiations and direct consultations are the best way to settle a territorial dispute and not through U.N. arbitrations. Being them (China) as a “good neighbor” and a long-standing “friend” of the Philippines and The Hague court has no jurisdiction on its sovereignty and cannot solve the problems.

China

A Chinese foreign ministry statement said that a ruling by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea dispute is null and void and has no binding effect on China. “Nothing has been canceled”, said the official.

But for the Philippine government, a court decision is the best way to resolve the problems using existing mechanism stated under international law and that is through U.N. arbitration, the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. (UNCLOS)

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In the court decision stated: “Conscious that the Convention is not concerned with territorial disputes, the Philippines has stated at all stages of this arbitration that it is not asking this Tribunal to rule on the territorial sovereignty aspect of its disputes with China”.

It claims that part of the maritime territory being claimed by China sits within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile (370 kilometers) exclusive economic zone.

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Philippine contingent at the Hague court

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Manila Zhang Hua said, “A resort to arbitration does not meet people’s expectations for friendship in both China and the Philippines,”

Zhang also explained why China rejected the pleading filed by the Philippines with an arbitral tribunal against the country’s claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“For the Chinese people, to avoid a lawsuit is part of the Chinese culture and tradition. And the Philippine people also value friendship and good faith. We see every reason for both sides to sit down and resolve problems through negotiations instead of taking the issue to court,” he said.

Zhang said, “China is committed to resolving its disputes with the Philippines through bilateral negotiations. China and the Philippines have between them territorial and maritime disputes. And it is just natural that disputes might exist between neighbors. What is important is how to resolve the disputes.” – Carl E.

Images credited to Reuters, thediplomat.com, and fmprc.gov.cn

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. In a way it is true that we East Asians do not bask in court proceedings. However, the way China is doing things does not speak well of a good neighborly friend. And the Philippines cannot be faulted for resorting to court proceedings to clarify clashing claims.

    These does not, however, stops us from engaging in a bilateral talks with our friendly neighbor. Now that we have gained a modicum of parity through the court, we have a leverage to engage the Chinese in a dialogue on an equal footing. If it will result in a mutually acceptable agreement without going through the tedious court proceedings, then it will be a win-win solution for both parties.

    The Philippines wins a truly friendly neighbor and the Chinese gains additional shield from outside influence and a smart protege to boot.

  2. China’s intentions are as fake as their product. They are a member of U.N but violates it’s rules. If they can’t follow UNCLOS then how can we believe what these Chinese are saying.

  3. Mr. Xi, your words don’t coincide with what you are doing right now. You say that you are not bully but it is contrary to what you have done to our fishermen. Bullying is your actual actuations of fake friendship. And your disrespect to International laws is tantamount to your bilateral negotiations. How can we agree to your negotiations when all you want is to follow what you want? You are actually fooling us but the world is not a fool to believe in you. SHOOOOOO.

    • Correct, no one as in no one will agree on bilateral talk and will believed to your words, get out of other sovereignty

  4. For what reason Philippines will go on bilateral talk, In first place China has not in anyway part of West Philippines Sea, this is between Philippine, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, Shut up Chine get out of our property and sovereignty, We cannot trust this Chinese never, they are stupid by example.

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