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Manila's arbitration attempt 'against morality': China media

Published on Apr 1, 2014 2:37 PM
 
A Philippine national flag flutters in the wind aboard the BRP Sierra Madre, run aground on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea on March 29, 2014. Chinese state media on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, accused the Philippines of violating morality and international law by seeking United Nations arbitration in the South China Sea territorial dispute between the two countries. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese state media on Tuesday accused the Philippines of violating morality and international law by seeking United Nations arbitration in the South China Sea territorial dispute between the two countries.

Manila at the weekend asked a UN tribunal to rule on Beijing's claims over most of the strategically significant South China Sea, submitting nearly 4,000 pages of evidence to back its case.

It argues that the Chinese stance is illegal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and interferes with the Philippines' sovereign rights to its continental shelf.

Both countries are signatories to UNCLOS, but Beijing argues that its provisions do not apply to the row.

 
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