News / Asia

Philippines Urges Quick Ruling in Sea Dispute with China

FILE - Protesters display placards with images of national revolutionary hero Apolinario Mabini as they march to the Chinese consulate office in Makati, Metro Manila, June 12, 2014.
FILE - Protesters display placards with images of national revolutionary hero Apolinario Mabini as they march to the Chinese consulate office in Makati, Metro Manila, June 12, 2014.
VOA News
The Philippines is urging a United Nations tribunal to speed up its ruling on Manila's case against China's claims in the South China Sea.
 
It is estimated that it will take several years for the tribunal to issue a decision in the case, which was filed by the Philippines in March.
 
China does not recognize international arbitration of the dispute and has refused to defend itself or otherwise take part in the proceedings.
 
Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says because China is not participating, he has asked his legal team "to present a request to hasten the process."
 
Del Rosario said "the situation is getting worse every day in the South China Sea," noting Beijing continues to expand its claims and reclaim land in the area.
 
He said Manila may also urge the tribunal to issue a ruling that orders China to stop construction work in disputed areas while the case is still being heard.
 
The Philippines is challenging the legality of China's so-called "nine-dash line," which outlines Beijing's claims to 90 percent of the South China Sea.
 
Manila says the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS, gives it sole exploitation rights over natural resources within the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone off its coast.
 
The ruling is being watched closely not only in the Philippines, but also in Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia, which also have competing claims with China in the sea.
 
However, any ruling in the Philippines' favor may be largely symbolic, since analysts say there is no enforcement mechanism for the court's rulings.

You May Like

Computer Crash Halts US Visa, Passport Operation

Problems with database have resulted in extensive backlog of applications, affected State Department's consular offices all over the world More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

World Bank: Boko Haram Stalls African Aid Projects

Islamist group’s terrorism sets back agriculture, health efforts in Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnelsi
X
July 24, 2014 4:42 AM
The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video MH17's 'Black Boxes' Could Reveal Crash Details

The government of Malaysia now has custody of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was hit by a missile over Ukraine before crashing last week. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports, the so-called black boxes may hold information about the final minutes of the flight.
Video

Video Living in the Shadows Panel Discussion

Following a screening of the new VOA documentary, "AIDS - Living in the Shadows," at the World AIDS conference in Melbourne, a panel discussed the film and how to combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid