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China says ties 'damaged' by Philippines calling on UN to rule on maritime dispute

Published on Apr 1, 2014 10:01 PM
 
A Philippine flag flutters onboard the BRP Sierra Madre, a marooned transport ship which Philippine Marines used as a military outpost, in the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on March 30, 2014. China warned Tuesday, April 1, 2014, that the Philippines has "seriously damaged" bilateral ties by asking the United Nations to rule in their favour in a maritime dispute. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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