Manila paddles harder in the South China Sea
MANILA – At the recently concluded UN General Assembly in New York, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario made an emphatic speech to rally global support for his country’s rule of law position vis-a-vis China over ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
“Today my country faces its most serious challenge to the security of its maritime domain and integrity of its national territory, as well as its effective protection of its marine environment,” said Del Rosario. “The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has never been more relevant than it is today, all States must respect their obligations to settle their maritime disputes by peaceful means, without threats or use of force under UNCLOS.”
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Article written by Richard Javad Heydarian, courtesy of Asia Times Online.