Manila seeks early tribunal ruling over sea dispute with China

June 18, 2014 8:18 AM

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Manila seeks early tribunal ruling over sea dispute with China

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said it will ask an international arbitration tribunal to make a speedy ruling on its dispute with China over exploiting waters in the South China Sea after Beijing refused to take part in the proceedings.

Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario said Manila might also ask the United Nations arbitral court in The Hague to issue an order that would halt Chinese reclamation work in contested waters, such as on Johnson South Reef and Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago.

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