Yasay calls for South China Sea restraint

Reuters

Posted at Jul 15 2016 01:57 PM

ULAANBATAAR - The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for the arbitration court's ruling on the South China Sea and calls on all parties to exercise restraint, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Friday at a regional summit in Mongolia.

The Philippines is committed to a peaceful resolution and will continue to engage concerned parties to reduce regional tensions, Yasay told the summit, according to a transcript of his remarks provided to Reuters.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in The Hague on Tuesday rejected China's claims to majority of the South China Sea falling within the so-called nine-dash line, saying it has no legal basis.
The United Nations-backed tribunal also ruled that China, which has been conducting reclamation work in disputed areas, has violated the Philippines' sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone.

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China has refused to recognize the decision. It has repeatedly said that the arbitration court has no jurisdiction in the sea dispute and that the dispute should be settled by negotiations.

The PCA has no enforcement powers.