China may rebut case until Jan 1
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The Philippines has sought to debunk China's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, court officials said Monday as an international tribunal wrapped up a five-day hearing. Although Beijing has refused to take part in the hearing before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, judges have now given China until Jan. 1 to write a rebuttal to the case laid out by Manila in The Hague. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the whole of the South China Sea on the basis of a segmented line that first appeared on Chinese maps in the 1940s, pitting it against several neighbors.
China may rebut case until Jan 1. (2015, December 2). Manila Standard, p. A4.
Law of the sea; International law; Disputes; Territorial waters; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Jurisdiction; Fishing rights; Marine environment; Fishing; Environmental protection; Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); del Rosario, Albert Ferreros
- Manila Standard