Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez branded as “baseless” the comments of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which said last week that “the
The latest exchange of diplomatic barbs between
Hernandez said since August 1995, the two Asian nations have been exchanging views on the disputes in attempts to achieve a negotiated solution.
“However, despite more than 17 years of consultations, no progress has been made,” he said, adding the two sides have had nearly 50 consultations when a standoff in the Scarborough Shoal, or locally known as Bajo de Masinloc, erupted between the
Subsequent plans to meet, he said, were further overtaken by continuing intrusions by
“In all of these dialogues,
“It has, therefore, become impossible to continue bilateral discussions on disputes in the West Philippine Sea with
UNCLOS stands for United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a 1982 accord by 163 countries that aims to govern the use of offshore areas and sets territorial limits of coastal states.
Despite the risks of standing up to
Other Asian nations including those with territorial disputes with
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying claimed the
“Such practice is anything but helpful to solve the issue.
Hernandez belied Hua’s accusations, saying “we had all along been indicating publicly our three-track approach of diplomatic, political, and legal tracks, including arbitration.”
“Prior to our filing of the arbitration case, in contradiction with China’s declaration in the ASEAN meetings in Brunei that we did not signal a possible Philippine arbitration track, we did invite China to join us in bringing the issue to a dispute settlement mechanism to resolve the issue on a long-term basis,” Hernandez said.
“This was officially communicated through a note verbale dated April 26, 2012. In its official response to our note verbale,
On various occasions, Hernandez said the
“In fact, during the very first official visit of Secretary Albert del Rosario to
He also said Del Rosario thrice relayed during his visits to
“Up to now, we are awaiting a favorable response to our renewed invitations,” Hernandez said.
Meanwhile, he said the
Hernandez maintained the