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BBC News - Philippines 'to take South China Sea row to court'
PH's bold move: West PH sea dispute brought before UN - Yahoo! News Philippines
PH's bold move: West PH sea dispute brought before UN
No longer content with waiting for a negotiated solution with China, the government has elevated the West Philippine Sea dispute before a United Nations arbitrator.
"[T]he Philippines has taken the step of bringing China before an Arbitral Tribunal under Article 287 and Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)," Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Tuesday.
The Philippines is urging the UN arbitration tribunal to declare China's "nine-dash line" claim invalid.
Del Rosario said the claim is "contrary to UNCLOS and thus unlawful" as it "encompasses virtually the entire South China Sea/West Philippine Sea."
Also sought is a UN declaration that both the Philippines and China enjoy rights established by international laws.
Particularly questioned is China' move to occupy and build structures on submerged banks, reefs and other elevations that are considered part of the Philippine continental shelf or the international seabed.The UN is also urged to compel China to "bring its domestic legislation into conformity with its obligations under UNCLOS."
The Philippines also hopes the Un will require China to "desist from activities that violate the rights of the Philippines in its maritime domain in the West Philippine Sea."
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