Duterte says Hague ruling will be the basis for China talks

(From The Philippine Star)

Any bilateral talks with China will be anchored on the ruling of an international arbitral tribunal voiding Beijing’s expansive territorial claim in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in metro Manila

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) shakes hands with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in metro Manila, Philippines July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Favila/Pool

President Duterte gave this assurance during his meeting with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday at Malacañang, a Cabinet official said.

“The President did mention that whatever talks we will engage in will begin with the ruling. That will be the foundation – the ruling regarding the area,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in a press briefing.

Last July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration based in The Hague invalidated China’s nine-dash-line territorial claim that covers nearly the entire South China Sea. Read More

 



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