Arbitration court to issue ruling on maritime territory row before end of the year

Business World Online reports on moves by the Permanent Court of Arbitration to resolve the maritime territory dispute between China and the Phillipines:

THE PERMANENT Court of Arbitration (PCA) expects to decide before the end of the year if it has jurisdiction over the Philippines’ dispute against the territorial claims of China in the West Philippine Sea, a statement from the tribunal said.

“In the event that the Arbitral Tribunal determines that it has jurisdiction over some or all of the Philippines’ claims, it will then proceed to a hearing on the merits,” PCA, a 117-state body set up in 1899 to rule in disputes between countries and private parties including companies, said in the statement dated July 13.

Up until Aug. 17, China will be given the chance to comment in writing regarding “anything said during this hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility,” citing United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which states that the tribunal should “assure each party a full opportunity to be heard and to present its case.”

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