HANOI (Bernama) – The Philippines has rejected China’s criticism over Manila’s lawsuit over territorial disputes between the two countries in the East Sea, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Foreign media reported Philippine foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose denied Manila was taking its complaint to the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague as a way to put China under foreign pressure.
“Our position is that arbitration is the durable solution,” Jose said.
On Dec 7, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted as saying the underlying purpose of the Philippines is not to seek peaceful settlement of the East Sea issue but rather put political pressure on China via arbitration.
The Philippines filed the lawsuit to the UN tribunal in March asking for ruling over China’s claim of most of the sea and island areas in the East Sea.
China refused to participate in the arbitration process.
The UN tribunal set Dec 15 as deadline for China to submit arguments and evidence against the Philippines.