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Philippines Seeks UN Mediation On South China Sea

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

07 April 2014


The Philippines Government has launched a legal challenge to Chinese maritime area claims in the South China Sea in requesting arbitration from the United Nations.

The Philippines has submitted several thousands of pages of evidence in support of its competing claims for the disputed territory, which China rejects.

China's claims, disputed by several regional Governments, include an expansive area enveloping the Spratly Islands archipelago and the Paracel islands – an area that is thought to be rich in underwater oil deposits.

The United States Government has recently again warned China not to use intimidation tactics or coercion to reinforce its claims over the area, and noted that tensions are running high due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia. US authorities noted that other Governments in the region had raised similar concerns about China and its hard-line approach in negotiations.

China rejected the United States's criticism, and instead called on US to honor its pledge to maintain an impartial stance on the dispute.

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