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Philippines files formal plea over South China Sea dispute with China

Published on Mar 30, 2014 3:13 PM
 
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel manoeuvres to block a Philippine government supply ship with members of the media aboard at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea on March 29, 2014. The Philippines on Sunday, March 30, 2014, filed its formal pleading before an international tribunal contesting China's vast claims over the South China Sea, amid another tense stand-off at a disputed rocky outcrop. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The Philippines on Sunday filed its formal pleading before an international tribunal contesting China's vast claims over the South China Sea, amid another tense stand-off at a disputed rocky outcrop.

In a 4,000-page "memorial" - diplomatic speak for "memorandum" - sent to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, Manila alleges that China is claiming areas far beyond its borders with its nine-dash line.

That line encloses 90 per cent of the 3.5 million sq km South China Sea and spreads deep into territories claimed not just by the Philippines but also by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Manila maintains that the areas in the South China Sea and its seabed that Beijing insists are parts of its territories extend as far as 870 nautical miles (1,611 km) from the nearest Chinese shore, violating the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 
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