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China snubs RP proposal for UN to mediate rift By Michaela P. del Callar 04/18/2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

China snubs RP proposal for UN to mediate rift

By Michaela P. del Callar 04/18/2012

China yesterday ignored a Philippine government proposal to bring a dangerous maritime standoff over a disputed shoal to the United Nations (UN) for resolution and instead ordered a Philippine Coast Guard ship and a research vessel to leave the area, further prolonging the dangerous impasse.

Last Monday, the government proposed to bring the disputes to the UN-affiliated International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to determine which among the two nations can actually claim ownership to the Scarborough Shoal northwest of the Philippines near the South China Sea.

But on Tuesday, Chinese officials ignored the offer and instead demanded the Philippine side “to withdraw all of their vessels” from the area and “restore peace and stability there.”.... MORE

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