(philstar.com) | Updated March 10, 2016 – 11:55am
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference held for the National People’s Congress at the press center in Beijing Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Wang took a hard line Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing won’t permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area. AP/Ng Han Guan
MANILA, Philippines — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi insisted that Beijing will not accept the arbitration case filed by Manila in connection to the disputed South China Sea.
Wang claimed that the arbitration case filed by the Philippines before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands violates its bilateral commitments to China.
Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario earlier called on China to respect the forthcoming decision of the international tribunal.
The Philippines is expecting the final ruling of the arbitration case by May. — Efigenio Toledo IV and Patricia Lourdes Viray