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PH appeals to China, int’l community to consider triple action plan

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario

The Philippines asked claimants of disputed waters and the international community on Wednesday to consider the government’s triple action plan, which aims to ease tension in the disputed South China Sea.

This was after China claimed that it will continue to build whatever it wants in the disputed area.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario is expected to raise this issue during the Association of Southeast Asian Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and other related meetings set for Aug. 8 to 10. There, he will raise the triple action plan, which includes a call for a moratorium on activities that escalate tension in the disputed area.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said “notwithstanding (the Chinese) statement,” Del Rosario will still raise the triple action plan at the AMM in Nay Pyi Taw in Burma (Myanmar).

“So it’s good to hear the proposal first. It’s good for claimant countries, nonclaimant countries and the international community to hear the proposal first and decide on the merits,” Jose said.

On Tuesday, Yi Xianlang, deputy head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Boundary and Ocean Affairs Departments, said that China has every right to build on its islands.

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