Philippines says Asean must tackle China's sea claims
Published on May 10, 2014 3:35 PM
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Saturday urged fellow Southeast Asian leaders to face up to the threat posed by China's contentious claims to most of the South China Sea as they headed to a regional summit.
Manila filed a case at a UN tribunal in March, challenging Chinese claims to most of the strategic sea.
Mr Aquino said he would discuss the case's regional implications with fellow Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) leaders meeting in Myanmar. Even though not all Asean members are involved in maritime territorial disputes with China, Mr Aquino said the issue concerned the security of the region as a whole.
"We wish to emphasise, uphold and follow the rule of law in resolving these territorial issues so that the rights of all countries involved will be recognised and respected," he said in a speech at Manila airport.
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