Most Filipinos support PH case vs China on territories dispute

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A survey showed most Filipinos support the unprecedented case filed by the Philippines against China over disputed territories in the South China Sea, or what the Philippines calls the West Philippine Sea. In the December 2013 Social Weather Stations survey, 73% of respondents are aware of the dispute between the two countries over the Spratly Islands. 82% of Filipinos agree with bringing the dispute to international arbitration through the United Nations. An overwhelming 93% of respondents say the Philippines should defend its territory and natural resources through lawful means. Trust in China has been negative since 2012 when tensions escalated after aggressive moves by Beijing. China uses its 9-dash line to claim the entire South China Sea, overlapping areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

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