China accuses the Philippines of political provocations

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    South China Sea: China’s Foreign Minister Accuses Philippines Of ‘Political Provocation’ Over Arbitration
    By Sneha Shankar
    On 02/26/16 AT 3:54 AM

    China’s foreign minister on Thursday accused the Philippines of “political provocation” by calling for an international arbitration regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea. The arbitration was initiated by Philippines in early 2013 after Beijing refused to remove its ships from a disputed shoal, and claims that the latter’s territorial assertions do not comply with the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and thus should be declared invalid.

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    China accuses Philippines of political provocation
    (Associated Press)
    Updated February 27, 2016 - 12:00am

    WASHINGTON – China has accused the Philippines of “political provocation” in seeking international arbitration over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday the decision by Philippine leaders to lodge a case with a tribunal in The Hague was “irresponsible to the Filipino people and the future of the Philippines.”

    China has refused to participate in the proceedings. A ruling is expected later this year, after the tribunal decided last October that it could hear the case.

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