29 Jul '11, 8am

Philippines wants SE Asian unity on sea row: MANILA - The Philippines said Friday it would seek regional backing...

MANILA - The Philippines said Friday it would seek regional backing for a plan on pursuing joint development of disputed areas in the South China Sea amid China's increasingly robust assertions of its claims. Legal experts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet in Manila in September to discuss the proposal, foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters. He said the aim was to eventually get the 10 ASEAN nations, and later on China, to endorse the proposal to delineate the disputed sections of the strategically located and reputedly resources-rich area. "If we can define those disputed features then we can have the joint development of those areas," Hernandez said. Areas not in dispute should be the exclusive preserve of the country that owns them, Hernandez said. Competing claims to the potentially oil-rich Paracel and Spratly islan...

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