'South China Sea ruling has no impact on territorial sovereignty'

'South China Sea ruling has no impact on territorial sovereignty'

'South China Sea ruling has no impact on territorial sovereignty'

"The tribunal award of 12 July is final and legally binding on the parties to the dispute".

In Abe's meeting with Phuc, the two leaders agreed that the tribunal's ruling should be observed, and Abe offered to increase cooperation on building Vietnam's maritime law enforcement capabilities, Kawamura said. It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for the decision to be adhered to.

There was no bilateral meeting between the Chinese and Philippines foreign ministers, a Philippine diplomatic source told Reuters, though the Chinese initially requested a meeting at the beginning of the summit.

Li responded that China's stance on the South China Sea is completely in line with worldwide law, and that Japan, which is not directly involved in the dispute, should "exercise caution in its own words and deeds and stop hyping up and interfering in" the issue, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

The EU, therefore, said it stands ready to facilitate activities which help to build confidence between the parties concerned.

"In this regard, the Philippines will continue fostering mutually beneficial relations with all nations", he added.

At a function on Thursday night, Mr. Duterte said he had asked former President Fidel Ramos to act as a special envoy to begin talks with Beijing.

"War is not an option", he said.

"If you understand how the other side lives, you're more tolerant", he said. "What we want is to quiet things down so these issues can be addressed rationally instead of emotionally", said one official, who wished to remain anonymous, according to Reuters.

According to the state-run Global Times, the CNNC wrote on a social media account: "Marine nuclear power platform construction will be used to support China's effective control in the South China Sea". "So we have to be careful there".

"It confirms that no one state can claim virtually an entire sea".

Hoang Ngoc Giao, director of a Hanoi-based nongovernmental organization studying legal policy and development, called the ruling at The Hague a victory for justice and global law.

It also said the subject should not be brought up at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in the Mongolian capital.

"The baseline for any negotiation should be the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration", Calida said on the sidelines of a postarbitration forum held on Friday at the UP College of Law. "China is saying it won't play by the West's rules", he added.

Yasay said that the Philippines welcomes the issuance of the arbitral award on the South China Sea.

MAC Deputy Minster Chiu Chui-cheng said in a press conference, however, that the government will aggressively engage in dialogue with all parties concerned, including China, to solve the South China Sea controversies in a peaceful way.

The statement did not elaborate.

A key summit between Asian and European leaders in Mongolia ended on Saturday without direct mention of the South China Sea dispute in its closing statement, with diplomats describing intense discord over the issue between Europe and Asia. "China has no claim over the South China Sea".

But the cautious tone appears to be changing in the Philippines, where there are signs of public disgruntlement with the subdued government response to a decision that most of the country was celebrating.

The watered-down statement, which came after days of arguments among member states, did not follow the lead of the United States in specifically calling on China to honour the decision by the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague.

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