Philippines looks for solutions to East Sea matters

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 19:39

Hanoi (VNA) - Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay said his country is considering diplomatic solutions and legal processes in line with international law over China’s reported installation weapons systems on reclaimed features in the East Sea.

Yasay said the Philippine government has continued gathering information to verify the report by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies about China’s apparent militarisation in the disputed waters, including areas falling within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He said the Philippines is concerned about the information if it is true, adding that these actions will increase the tensions that already exist.

The diplomat did not elaborate what diplomatic initiatives and legal processes under international law he is referring to.

Instead, he reiterated the Philippines’ decision under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to put the territorial disputes with China aside in the absence of a “ready solution”, as well as reinvigorate the two countries’ economic and socio-cultural relations./.