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  1. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Philippines South China Sea legal case against China gathers pace

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 06:04pm by Reuters

    ... this month. Chinese officials said no invitation was ever offered. The trip never happened. The Philippines’ effort, however, was recently given a boost by a decision from an arbitration panel created ... the case’s admissibility and merits. China is a member of the tribunal but has forgone its right to select one of the judges to the panel. Maritime scholar Clive Schofield said the request ...

  2. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... refusal to pick its own representative to a five-judge panel will not stop the Philippines from having the case heard, nor will it give Beijing a legal right to ignore any future ruling it does not like, according to lawyers and scholars. Effective enforcement would be another matter. A statement from the Philippines' Foreign Ministry insisted that the panel would be formed "with ...

  3. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Beijing looks like a 'bully' by rejecting arbitration on South China Sea issue

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... more reasonable" if it had presented its arguments to the panel because it would have been seen to be honouring its obligation to comply with treaty provisions, he said. Cohen said ...

  4. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon makes a rare intervention in South China Sea row

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... if need be. Ban's comments came hours after the Philippines launched an unprecedented move to force China to a UN arbitration panel over the legality of its nine-dash line - the basis ... (UNCLOS). UNCLOS carries a unique provision allowing a state to launch a dispute settlement panel without the consent of its rival - something the Philippines is doing against China, which has long ...

  5. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Philippines takes China to UN over territorial dispute

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 03:59pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Philippines has taken China to a UN tribunal to challenge its claim to most of the South China Sea, including territory belonging to the archipelago, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Tuesday. Del Rosario told reporters that Manila had referred Beijing to an arbitration panel under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – a 1982 ...

  6. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Manila's action over South China Sea could risk aggravating disputes

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... on a five-judge panel. That panel must decide whether it will accept the case, a hurdle which could be difficult to clear. Official comments from Foreign Ministry and embassy spokesmen suggest Beijing ...

  7. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    US lawmakers call China ‘bully’ in sea disputes

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 09:22am by Associated Press in Washington

    ... America’s capacity to police the region. Three congressional panels this week are scrutinising what they consider to be the security threat posed by China and its human rights record. With the US ... market could pose a national security risk. Also Wednesday, another House panel examined allegations of human organs of religious and political dissidents being harvested by Chinese authorities. ...


    Preparing for the main event

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... into account". A contested case under UNCLOS, involving a panel of UN arbitrators, would be legally binding. But there is no guarantee that a tribunal under UNCLOS would agree to hear a case. ...



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