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As UN tribunal takes maritime case: Be wary of US-China collusion

Protesters brandishing placards at a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Manila's financial district yesterday, denouncing China's claims on most of the South China Sea. China is not taking part in the Permanent Court of Arbitration hearing, but in its position paper, it said that the

Protesters brandishing placards at a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Manila’s financial district last July, denouncing China’s claims on most of the South China Sea. China is not taking part in the Permanent Court of Arbitration hearing, but in its position paper, it said that the “essence” of the Philippine case is sovereignty, which is beyond the scope of the tribunal. (Photo: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

MANILA. The Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) welcomed the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague assuming jurisdiction over the Philippines sea case against China but warned of a ‘US-China power play’ in the region.

“The decision clears the way for the main hearing on the merits of the case and resolving this issue legally is a positive step in resolving the conflict. However, we are wary of the power play of US and China to expand their imperialist hegemony over the area and this is detrimental to other nations and peoples,” the ILPS-Phils said.

The Pentagon had already confirmed that US and Chinese commanders have been discussing freedom of navigation and the relationship between the two navies on port visits and senior leaders engagement.

US Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, will visit China next week ahead of the meeting of Pres. Barack Obama and Pres. Xi Jinping for the APEC Summit in Manila.

The ILPS would be convening its 5th international assembly before the UN tribunal starts hearing the maritime dispute.

On November 14-16, peoples from different countries would tackle this conflict along with other pressing world issues.  We mean to take direct citizens action against China’s expansion and US intervention, they said.

The ILPS-Phils maintains that the South China Sea dispute should be resolved peacefully under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It is part of defending the country’s maritime rights in the West Philippine Sea and assertion of the Filipino peoples sovereignty, it said.#

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