China has 'open attitude' towards India-Singapore exercise in South China Sea

Duterte is known for his sometimes-provocative remarks, which his office usually retracts later and blames media for spinning some of his words.

"The BCM will meet to discuss issues of concern to either side and cooperation in the South China Sea, and where possible, identify mutually acceptable approaches towards addressing these issues, including cooperation programs and projects", the BCM said in a statement.

Carpio, who was part of the Philippine legal team that made the case in The Hague, said Xi's threat was a "gross violation" of the United Nations Charter, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia to which China and the Philippines are parties. But the court has no way to enforce its rulings, so they're only binding if the countries are willing to listen - which China isn't. "But it is the only method that we can use to maintain security and order in our region", he told reporters after presenting his keynote address at the Toastmasters D87 "Stand Out, Speak Up" conference here today.

A Supreme Court judge called on Saturday for Manila to file an worldwide arbitration case and a complaint with the United Nations over what the country's leader said was a threat of war made by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea, through which about US$5 trillion in sea-borne trade passes every year.

The waters of the South China Sea are claimed by numerous countries, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

While details of the agreement reached Thursday weren't disclosed, it is a definite sign of progress on reaching a final code of conduct that the parties committed to 15 years ago, the experts said.

The move comes as the Philippines' new president, Rodrigo Duterte, pivots away from the United States and toward China.

Both countries will be represented by an equivalent number of officials of their respective foreign affairs ministries responsible for maritime affairs. "It's nearly alien to us to hear those words because we were never under Chinese jurisdiction", he said.

Indian and Singaporean navies have started a seven-day mega maritime exercise in the SCS, which has been witnessing an aggressive stance by China. Handling incidents and disputes in an appropriate manner is important, they said.

"So, let me say this: definitely, it should be binding".

Japan has also been attempting to exploit its natural gas hydrate resources like China.

"China said if we remain friends, it said, 'We will talk about the arbitral ruling".

The nest dialogue will be held in the Philippines second of this year.

"The disputes in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea are not the sum total of our relations with China, but we are cognizant of the warmer relationships we have in the region".

In an unspecified meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duterte said he will drill for oil in the South China Sea, citing an worldwide arbitration tribunal ruling upholding the Philippines' claim.

The ISI satellite image report describes the anti-aircraft missile as a structure with HQ-9 launchers, a radar center and launch pads on a hill on the said island.

  • Zachary Reyes