China rejects UN mediation of sea dispute

Chinese Ambassador to Manila, Ma Keqing: Returned notification

BEIJING—China says it has rejected the Philippines’ attempt to seek international arbitration over conflicting claims to territory in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

 

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Tuesday that China’s ambassador to Manila, Ma Keqing, had returned Manila’s formal notification of the move to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Hong said the proposal was historically and legally incorrect and contained unacceptable accusations against China.

 

The Philippines informed China last month of its plans to take the countries’ conflicting claims to a tribunal operating under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It wants the panel to declare Beijing’s moves in the potentially oil-rich waters unlawful.

 

Six governments have overlapping claims in the South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over virtually all of it.

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  • JR BELMONTE

    mga kababayan, mag-ingat po kayo sa mga nagba-blog na bayarang chinese dito. i am asking the admin of this site to disable the comment page. 

    CHINA IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE COUNTRY!

    • pigs_will_fly

      You have no right to suppress freedom of expression and the media. The Bill of Rights is enshrined in the Philippine Constitution. Philippines is a democracy and celebrating EDSA 27th Anniversary on 25 Feb. Do you wish to tarnish democracy by your actions. You are too emotio nal like most Pinoys. Calm down. Call a spade a spade. Are you Speaker Belmonte or are you impersonating which is a crime under BP22?

    • pigs_will_fly

      I am still waiting whether you are Speaker Belmonte or are you a freak pretending to be one. Nagmamarunong ka PA kc. BP22 is estafa. Be careful of defamation on the Internet. Although there is a TRO on the new cyberlaw making defamation a crime, you are nevertheless liable for damages in civil law. Can you afford the damages?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        You’re clearly a paid propagandist though.

  • BIGButo

    Why don’t you Chinese stop your hacking and posting so much propaganda on the Internet. Get along with all the Asian countries around you. No one is trying to take your country so why do you want some one else’s,
    You government is very corrupt and you should change that and let your people be free and happy not run by the party and the spying Chinese military.

    • pigs_will_fly

      According to the 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) published by Transparency International China ranked 80 but Philippines ranked 105. Philippines is more corrupt than China according to the CPI score.

  • pigs_will_fly

    Philippines ought to rebuild its trust with China. No point playing the hard ball. Look at Vietnam, its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2012 was 10 times that of the Philippines. Considering that Vietnam was accepted into the WTO at a much later date Philippines have fallen backwards. Indonesia too is attracting more FDI. Both Vietnam and Indonesia are making considerable progress. Philippines is far behind. Be pragmatic in dealing with China and “cross the river by feeling its stones.” you will reap your harvest. Singapore is a shining example for how to deal with China. Gayahin Natin. Nothing to loose, everything to gain.

    • gilrene

      Tama ka Philippines will rebuild its trust with China and what we want is their respect. Respect our sovereignty. Respect our backyard. Respect International Laws.

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