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Philippines' request for UN tribunal on South China Sea issue rejected

Updated: 2013-02-20 07:16
By Zhou Wa and Zhang Yunbi ( China Daily)

China has turned down a request by the Philippines to take a South China Sea territorial dispute to a United Nations arbitral tribunal.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Tuesday that Beijing has urged Manila not to complicate the issue.

Observers said Beijing's rejection did not mean it has changed its attitude toward resolving the issue through dialogue. Manila's request is a political gesture, as taking the issue to an international arbitral tribunal will not help settle the dispute, they said.

Philippines' request for UN tribunal on South China Sea issue rejected

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