Manila, PHILIPPINES— China, Vietnam and the Philippines have been disputing over the Spratly and Parcel islands and the waters around it which reportedly hold potential oil and gas reserves and fishing resources.
Philippines given until March next year for submissions against China’s nine-dash line claim according to TV5 online news report.
The Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague has given the Philippine government until March 30, 2014 to make all its submissions on the case it brought against China for the latter’s nine-dash-line claim over vast waters in the South China Sea, it was learned Wednesday.
In its first procedural order dated August 27, 2013, the tribunal also instructed the Philippines “to fully address all issues, including matters relating to the jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal, the admissibility of the Philippines’ claim, as well as the merits of the dispute.”
The order set the initial timetable for the arbitration and adopted its own Rules of Procedure.
Before adopting the Rules of Procedure and timetable, the Arbitral Tribunal provided both parties copies of the draft Rules of Procedure for comment.”
Early this year according to report, the Philippines deployed troops to the Spratly islands to “boost its military presence” in the area. Beijing has demanded the immediate withdrawal of all military personnel. The Chinese foreign ministry released a statement claiming.
“China has always strongly opposed to the Philippines’ illegal occupation and now solemnly requests again that the Philippines pull out all of its staff and facilities from these Chinese islands.”
Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phung Quang Thanh met his Philippine counterpart Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday amid China’s aggressiveness on its excessive claims over the disputed South China Sea.
During their meeting, Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and the visiting Vietnamese defense minister “assessed joint activities of the defense and military establishment and explored cooperation initiatives,” said Peter Paul Galvez, spokesman for the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND).
Galvez said the initiatives include humanitarian assistance and disaster relief cooperation, “given both countries’ experience on natural disasters.”