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Manila asks KL, Hanoi to join case against Beijing's South China Sea claims

Published on Feb 27, 2014 5:21 PM

MANILA - The Philippines on Thursday pleaded with Malaysia and Vietnam to join its case before an international tribunal challenging China's vast claims over the South China Sea.

"We wish that Malaysia and Vietnam will join us. We wish they can join us in our case or file their own cases," the Philippine government's chief counsel Francis Jardeleza said at a roundtable discussion at the University of the Philippines.

Mr Jardeleza is leading Manila's charge before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas. He said the Philippines was on track to submitting its 100-page memorandum arguing its case before the tribunal on March 30.

He added that the Philippines was considering including in the case a January 27 incident when China's Coast Guard used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen from a disputed shoal in its memorial.

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