Philippines presses UN case over China sea row
Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:41 PM
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines on Sunday filed a formal plea to the United Nations challenging Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea, defying Chinese warnings, a day after a dramatic maritime stand-off with the Asian giant.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Manila has filed the plea before a UN arbitration tribunal to declare China's claims over the strategic and resource-rich waters as a violation of international law.
"It is about defending what is legitimately ours. It is about securing our children's future. It is about guaranteeing freedom of navigation for all nations," he told a news conference.
China's claims over the South China Sea, believed to harbour vast oil and gas reserves, overlap those of the Philippines as well as Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
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