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Cuisia seeks world diplomats’ support for UN bid in sea row

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Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.: Rally for support. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. has called on his fellow envoys in Washington DC to stand behind Manila in its arbitration bid against Beijing to clarify maritime boundaries in the West Philippine (South China) Sea.

Cuisia made this statement in pursuing the Philippines’ campaign for international support in the “rules-based approach” toward resolving the territorial dispute.

Speaking at an ambassadors’ forum in the US capital this week, Cuisia also underscored the importance of the US strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific in maintaining regional stability. Manila and Washington are currently negotiating an agreement for increased rotational presence in the Philippines amid a defense buildup.

“To support the Philippines in the path we have chosen to peacefully settle the [West Philippine Sea] dispute is to support a rules-based international order, where disputes are settled not through force or might but through an objective and just application of international law,” Cuisia said in remarks before a forum of think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington.

“We are counting on the international community to support not just the Philippines, but the primacy of the rule of law. In expressing this support, you would have contributed significantly to shaping an enduring peace for the Asia Pacific region,” said Cuisia.

The Philippines’ arbitration case, now pending before a five-member United Nations tribunal holding court at the Hague, is making progress despite China’s explicit rejection of the proceedings as it asserted its “indisputable sovereignty” over the waters.

The panel last month instructed the Philippines to file a comprehensive petition detailing its case against China by March 2014. The arbitration case aims to nullify China’s nine-dash line claim over the waters, which encompasses almost all the territories in the West Philippine Sea.

The legal action also seeks to halt Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea.


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  • opinyonlangpo

    There is sense to this. The decision on the arbitration will set the future rules based international order. If the international community will not condemn the occupation of China of the nine dash line South China Sea, it will be open season to claims all over the world. Countries will arm themselves to defend whatever they feel that belongs to them. Militarily strong countries will be tempted to occupy islands, shoals, and outcrops if they feel that the owner country is inferior in military strength. All hell breaks loose.

  • hello stupids

    The arbitration case aims to nullify China’s nine-dash line claim over the waters

    RE: what about the shoal or the concrete blocks .hello U start to telling your people Philippines are the thief of those islands….right
    come on is time to tell the truth
    hahahahahahahahaha

  • RobDH

    Where is Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. from? He is not native Philippine or Malay. Is he naturalized?

    • hello stupids

      He is a dumb blond or a freak dumb blond
      hahahahahaha

      • crazy_horse_101010

        unlike you who is a dumb chinese aussie commie who cant speeeekeee english. HAWHWHAW PITIFUL

      • hello stupids

        hello….who is talking?

      • crazy_horse_101010

        HELLO I AM RETARD

      • SaintJames2011

        @hellostupids:disqus, just admit it you can only speak and write mandarin. In fact, your taiwanese friend is blogging for you, LOL.

    • blue_lights

      Rob, he is Filipino. His father was a Spanish-Filipino mestizo and his mother, I believe was Filipino-German.

      • RobDH

        To blue-light. Thank you. Very interesting. I met a mestizo in Samar, green/blue eyes. He is very handsome. Rob

  • SaintJames2011

    According to the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines the US discourages any use of force but also has “treaty obligations” with some of the countries at odds with China, he said to reporters earlier this week.

    “We strongly believe that any and all maritime disputes should be resolved without the threat or use of force,” he said. “For East China Sea and South China Sea we reminded the Chinese we have treaty obligations with a number of the parties involved.”

    That is coming from the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. Now, where is the approved base access plan between the Philippines and the U.S. situated now? Why isn’t it approved yet?

    • hello stupids

      “To support the Philippines in the path we have chosen to peacefully
      settle the [West Philippine Sea] dispute is to support a rules-based
      international order, where disputes are settled not through force or
      might but through an objective and just application of international
      law,” Cuisia said in remarks before a forum of think tank International
      Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington.

      Don’t U understand English…..who is this fellow?
      The panel last month instructed the Philippines to file a comprehensive petition detailing its case
      that means yr claim was rejected…..loser

  • hello stupids

    The panel last month instructed the Philippines to file a comprehensive
    petition detailing its case against China by March 2014. The arbitration
    case aims to nullify China’s nine-dash line claim over the waters

    what is that mean to U? what about the shoal ,the blocks ?
    U don’t have the case yet….. Ur claim was rejected
    .hahaha

    • SaintJames2011

      Huh? Speaking mandaglish? LOL.

      • hello stupids

        loser…..loser….hahahahahahahaha

      • crazy_horse_101010

        moron ……..moron HAWHAWHAW

    • Senatongressman

      Just kill yourself STINKY chinese hototai..drink fake milk,eat fake food nyahaha stinky stinky stinky stinky stinky gwaaaaark wanna puke ..dont come near me with your stinky smelly bomb chinese morons!

  • RobDH

    I sometimes wish that the Chinese would just land there War Ships in Subic. Then, maybe then, you will all wake up and stand up for yourself. Do something now before it is too late. Stop auguring about if you have friends and alleys. You have a lot more than you may think. I sometimes think there is way too much Chinese influence in your government.



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