The Philippines filed on Sunday, March 30, a lawsuit before a United Nations court in The Hague, challenging the validity of China’s claims on the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). It submitted a close to 4,000-page memorial to the UN-backed arbitral tribunal, notwithstanding incentives and sanctions from China, one of the country’s largest trading partners. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a media briefing Sunday, “It is about defending what is legitimately ours. It is about securing our children’s future. It is about guaranteeing freedom of navigation for all nations. It is about helping to preserve regional peace, security, and stability.”
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