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    Japan backs Phl’s arbitration case against China

    THE Philippines has expressed its gratitude to Japan for supporting the case it has filed at the international arbitral tribunal to peacefully resolve its maritime dispute with China, a diplomat said Monday.
    “We are grateful to Japan for supporting the fundamental principle by which the Philippines is addressing the West Philippine Sea issue," Charge d' Affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo Gilberto G.B. Asuque told Radio TV Malacanang in an interview.
    Asuque, head of the Philippine technical working group on the maritime boundary delimitation and member of the West Philippine Task Force, said the Philippines and Japan share the same view of peacefully resolving the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as well as the East China Sea issues.
    The United Nations, he said, mandates claimant countries to use peaceful means to settle territorial disputes and states that the use of force and intimidation are not accepted by the international community.
    The Philippines, Japan and China are signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and have obligations to follow the policy mandated by the international law, he said
    During his one-day working visit to Japan on Tuesday (June 24), Aquino will have a luncheon meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the two countries’ respective maritime disputes with China, as well as how to enhance their bilateral relations.
    Aquino will also deliver the keynote address at the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao Conference in Hiroshima.

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