Carpio: Bring China's war threat to arbitral tribunal

The statement also said the draft framework includes elements which parties have agreed upon and will provide guidance as a base for consultation on the CoC.

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The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in late March that major construction at the three largest of China's man-made islands in the Spratlys was almost finished, allowing Beijing to deploy fighter jets and mobile missile launchers to the area at any time.

"The consultation on the COC started back in 2013 and over the past four years of concerted efforts, this process has been going on steadily and the completion of the COC framework has delivered a tangible milestone achievement with this process", he added.

In comments aired on state television, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhemin said that the framework was inclusive and considered the concerns of all affected countries, calling on others not to interfere, referring to the U.S.

Liu also expressed hope that "our consultations on the code are not subject to any outside interference", in a rather obvious jab at the United States.

China is now expanding defensive forces in the South China Sea, including building air strips on man-made islands, which has raised concerns from Southeast Asian countries and the United States.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday described them as "some kind of armed garrison".

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea (SCS), including the islands more than 800 miles from the Chinese mainland.

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The two countries are telling the global community that they are capable of handling issues of common concern without a third party's interference, Wu stressed. Most notably, in 2012, ASEAN leaders failed to issue a joint statement after a summit in Cambodia over these divisions.

An worldwide tribunal ruled in July a year ago that China's claims to most of the sea were without legal basis, in a case filed by the Philippines under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino.

But Carpio suggested the Philippines' recourse is to bring China's threat of war to another UNCLOS arbitral tribunal, to secure an order directing China to comply with the ruling of the UNCLOS arbitral tribunal that declared the Reed Bank part of Philippine EEZ.

China and the Philippines are trying out a new system to help them solve territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

All parties have agreed to manage and control their differences under the framework of regional regulations, the Foreign Ministry said in a news release.

A code of conduct is the key objective of a 2002 Declaration on Conduct, large parts of which China has ignored, particularly a commitment not to occupy or reclaim uninhabited features.

  • Salvatore Jensen