外文标题：Philippines warns China flouting UN maritime laws
THE HAGUE: The Philippines has appealed to an international tribunal to declare China's claims to most of the South China Sea illegal, warning the integrity of United Nations' maritime laws is at stake.
In opening comments to the tribunal in the Hague on yesterday, foreign secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines had sought judicial intervention because China's behaviour had become increasingly "aggressive" and negotiations had proved futile.
Del Rosario said the UN's Convention on the Law of the Sea, which the Philippines and China have both ratified, should be used to resolve their bitter territorial dispute.
"The case before you is of the utmost importance to the Philippines, to the region, and to the world," del Rosario told the tribunal.
"In our view, it is also of utmost significance to the integrity of the convention, and to the very fabric of the legal order of the seas and oceans."
China insists it has sovereign rights to nearly all of the South China Sea, a strategically vital waterway with shipping lanes through which about a third of all the world's traded oil passes.
Its claim, based on ancient Chinese maps, reaches close to the coasts of its southern neighbours.
Dilip () 2 hrs ago
The world did nothing so now expect nothing from them. No country wants to aggravate China. Why not all countries collectively impose economical ban on China.
4 hrs ago
The Philippines has the Backing of USA and EU in this case and It should prevail. Right or wrong is not the issue, it is who has the backing of World Powers.
rav () 5 hrs ago
China economy is already crashing.. Hope they learn their lesson soon. Flexing power is not a good thing.. It Wont last forever.
5 hrs ago
Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan should form a 'South China Sea Sovereignty Collaboration' as a diplomatic resistance to Chinese bullying and aggression in the region.
ashok (new delhi) 6 hrs ago
Don't worry. Some people are already at work this very moment. China would be out with a begging bowl in some time now. Make preparation to take in Chinese refugees in their hundreds of thousands who would be thronging to your doorsteps .....
6 hrs ago
china is a menace to world peace
Surya () 6 hrs ago
hihi? China always flouting his promise!!!.
6 hrs ago
China has been flouting them all along.
(Unknown) replies to narasa.rao24
27 mins ago
Goes to prove that MIGHT IS RIGHT. US used this doctrine for a long while and now China is using this policy.