Philippines urges China to respect rule of law

Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay on August 11 called on China to respect maritime law and security as well as the rule of law to resolve disputes in both the East Sea and the East China Sea.

Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay (Source: ABS CBN)

The appeal was made during talks between Yasay and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Manila to discuss regional security, cooperation in maritime security, law enforcement and Japanese support for economic development.

Yasay told a press conference that the Philippines and Japan are facing similar issues in the East Sea and the East China Sea.

Japan has a dispute with China over a group of islands in the East China Sea while the Philippines and China have overlapping claims in the East Sea.

On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, the Netherlands issued a ruling rejecting China’s “nine-dash line” claim in the East Sea as well as its claims to “historical rights” in the waters.-

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