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China’s nine-dash line came ahead of Unclos, says expert

Wu Shicun, president of National Institute for South China Sea Studies. Photo from http://www.nanhai.org.cn

A Chinese scholar claimed that China has a more solid hold on the South China Sea because its nine-dash line claim over nearly 90 percent of the area has existed before the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

No Limitation

SONA shouldn’t have been only about Aquino’s accomplishments

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For years now, Philippine presidents have been using the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) event primarily to make themselves look good. This is not to say that a president’s claimed accomplishments in his SONA speeches are untrue. In fact, in the case of President Benigno Simeon Aquino, I believe they are true. But with all [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rules-based approach to sea row

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Albert del Rosario  AP FILE PHOTO

Amid the worsening row in the South China Sea, the Philippines has called on the European Union and members of the Association of South East Asian Nation (Asean) to support its efforts to promote a rules-based approach in the settlement of maritime disputes in the region.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH: China map just a ‘drawing’

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It’s just a drawing that has no bearing, Malacañang on Thursday said of a new map claiming West Philippine Sea as part of China’s territory.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘China’s refusal to join arbitration a serious violation of Unclos’

Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

China’s snub of the Philippine arbitral claim on the West Philippine Sea and the slew of building projects initiated by Beijing on disputed reefs in the area are “a serious and belligerent violation” of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), a Filipino lawyer and international legal expert told a conference in Tokyo last week.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »