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UP PROF: “CHINA CHALLENGING UNCLOS”

REF. Atty Romel Bagares 09166679802 China’s snub of the Philippine arbitral claim on the West Philippine Sea and its slew of building projects on disputed reefs in the area are “a serious and belligerent violation of” the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), of which it is a member, according to an […]

The Judges of the Nine-Dash lines

The arbitration initiated by the Philippines against China impugning the validity of China’s nine-dash lines appear to be on track. Last week, pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Japanese President of the international tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) completed the five man tribunal that will rule […]

China Snubs Arbitration

A piece of news from xinhua weibo (facebook) an hour ago. Hong Lei spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  China said that Ambassador  Ma met  Philippine diplomats   today. He informed the Filipino diplomats tChina is not acceptable to the note and notice about arbitrition from the Philippine side and therefore returned it. […]

China advised not to snub arbitration

Opinio Juris First Signs that China Is Taking the Philippines Arbitration Seriously? Posted: 15 Feb 2013 10:35 PM PST by Julian Ku As far as I can tell, the Chinese government continues to pretend as if the Philippines’ Law of the Sea arbitration claim doesn’t exist. Articles like this one suggest the Philippines government continues […]

Seabed a hotbed of controversy for Philippines, China Thomas Maresca, Special for USA TODAY4:34a.m. EST January 22, 2013

China has been dispatching ships and aircraft to enforce its ownership of the South China Sea, infuriating Asian nations whose coastlines also approach the sea. (Photo: Thomas Maresca) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Masinloc fishermen fished in shoal for centuries Seabed also contains huge deposits of oil and natural gas There was a confrontation in April between the […]

US neutrality in Scarborough: blessing or bane?

I’m not at all surprised that Uncle Sam opted to be neutral in our on-going row with China on the Scarborough Shoal. Fact is -other than maintaining freedom of navigation in the South China Sea; it is not to the national interest of the United States to engage its biggest creditor in any controversy. Furthermore, […]

ITLOS and the Scarborough Shoal

Now that Secretary Albert Del Rosario shares my view that the Scarborough Shoal dispute should be submitted to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for peaceful resolution, the question is: how could the tribunal exercise jurisdiction without China giving its consent to do so? The answer lies in the dispute settlement […]