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Philippine says to solve dispute through International Tribunal on Law of the Sea

04-26-2012 20:14 BJT Special Report:China Holds Undisputed Sovereignty over Huangyan Island |

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Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Wednesday that the Philippines would send a formal invitation to China to solve the dispute through the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. But China has firmly rejected the move. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin gives the following remarks.

He said, "Huangyan Island has been an integral part of China’s territory since ancient times, and there is no point in dealing with the dispute through the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. Any moves involving sovereignty should be in accordance with relevant International procedures. And any moves designed to draw attention to this dispute will not help to solve it.

China hopes the Philippines does not take any serious actions to magnify the dispute in a way that may affect the peace and stability of the South China Sea. The Chinese government has made solemn representations to the Philippine side in both Beijing and Manila. China urges the Philippines not to overcomplicate the Huangyan Island dispute, and not to express opinions that contradict reality."

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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