PNoy urges China anew to pull out vessels from Panatag

Posted at 11/21/12 8:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III again urged China to pull out their remaining ships from the Panatag Shoal.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the call was made to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

There are three remaining Chinese vessels there, he said.

He said Aquino also called “on our northern neighbor to respect our [exclusive economic zone] and withdraw their vessels which remain in Bajo de Masinloc.”

The Philippines calls Panatag Shoal the Bajo de Masinloc.
China, on the other hand, calls it the Huangyan Islands.

Wen was quoted as saying that China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can resolve issues sans interference from other parties.  "Handling differences and conflicts in the ASEAN way, which is to put aside disputes and enhance consensus, is an effective guarantee for promoting cooperation.”

The Philippines earlier called on China to solve the dispute before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The country is anchoring its claim on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

"In accordance with UNCLOS…the President called on all parties to respect the EEZ and continental shelf of all coastal states irrespective of their size or naval power," del Rosario said.