China says ties 'damaged' by Philippines calling on UN to rule on maritime dispute
Published on Apr 1, 2014 10:01 PM
MANILA (AFP) - China warned Tuesday that the Philippines has "seriously damaged" bilateral ties by asking the United Nations to rule in their favour in a maritime dispute.
Manila at the weekend asked a UN tribunal to declare Beijing's claims over most of the strategically significant South China Sea illegal, submitting nearly 4,000 pages of evidence to back its case.
It argues that the Chinese stance contravenes the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and interferes with the Philippines' sovereign rights to its continental shelf.
"What the Philippine side did seriously damaged bilateral relations with China," Charge d'affaires Sun Xiangyang of the Chinese embassy in Manila said in a statement.
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