Philippines Explains Its South China Sea Position — Allowing Illegal Occupation Destroys The Integrity of the UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea

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Members of the Philippine delegation and the foreign lawyers hired by the government wait for the hearing to start at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. Twitter/Abigail Valte

LEGAL ORDER: Manila’s foreign secretary said that the case is important for the integrity of the UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea
AFP, THE HAGUE, Netherlands

The Philippines has appealed to an international tribunal to declare China’s claims to most of the South China Sea illegal, warning the integrity of the UN’s maritime laws is at stake.

In opening comments to the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario said that Manila had sought judicial intervention because China’s behavior had become increasingly “aggressive” and negotiations had proved futile.

Del Rosario said the UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea, which the Philippines and China have both ratified, should be used to…

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