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China rejects Philippines' request to take 'South China Sea dispute' to international court

Beijing, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 ANI

Beijing, Apr 19 (ANI): China has reportedly rejected Philippines' request to take Manila's claim over an area of the South China Sea to an international court.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying had summoned Manila's charge d'affaires in Beijing, Alex Chua, for the second time in four days on Wednesday, to protest against Manila's claim over Huangyan Island.

Fu urged Manila to 'fulfill its promise' of easing tension and withdraw its vessels from China's territorial waters, The China Daily reports.

According to a statement by Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Manila planned taking the dispute to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

The purpose is to ascertain if Manila has 'sovereign rights' over the waters, he said.

Philippine defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin told The Philippine Star that the dispute will be discussed at a meeting on April 30 in Washington between Manila's top defense and foreign affairs officials and their US counterparts.

Meanwhile, China has beefed up security in the South China Sea. (ANI)

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