‘The baseline for any negotiation should be the decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration,’ Philippine Solicitor General Jose Calida says
Published 12:03 PM, July 15, 2016
Updated 3:13 PM, July 15, 2016
HISTORIC RULING. A close-up view of the cover page of the ruling documents in the South China Sea arbitration issue, made available by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, on July 12, 2016. Photo by Mauritz Antin/EPA
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Friday, July 15, vowed to assert a historic decision on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) despite China’s refusal to negotiate based on this ruling.
“We will not concede any of the awards given to us,” Philippine Solicitor General Jose Calida told reporters on the sidelines of a forum Friday morning. (WATCH: West Philippine Sea after PH victory)
“The baseline for any negotiation should be the decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration. That is the reference point,” Calida added.
Calida’s comments come after Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said China “will not allow any negotiation based on the ruling.”
Liu added: “China expects the new Filipino government to cooperate and recognize that the ruling is nothing more than a piece of waste paper and cannot be enforced. China hopes that the Filipino side will set aside the award and return to the negotiation table.”
PH ‘will not sacrifice’ ruling
Sought for comment on Liu’s statement, Calida stressed that the ruling “is our baseline.”
“The Philippines will not sacrifice what we have obtained from this decision. But we will also pursue diplomatic means hopefully to convince China that we can coexist peacefully,” Calida said.
International lawyer Lawrence Martin, co-counsel in the Philippines’ case against China, said in a separate interview, “I think bilateral talks with China are certainly appropriate as long as they’re on the basis of the award.”
“The award is clear and binding, and I think China has to accept that any talks have to be using the award as the foundation,” Martin said.
On China’s stance not to negotiate based on the ruling, Martin said, “I take China at its word that that’s its position right now.”
“But I think the hope is that over time, their position will change, and they’ll find a way to gracefully accommodate themselves to the new situation.” – Rappler.com
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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law.
I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam.
In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net).
I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries.
In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success".
I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.
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