Vietnam hopes for fair ruling on Philippines-China dispute

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Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Le Hai Binh Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Le Hai Binh

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Vietnam hopes an international tribunal in The Hague will deliver a "fair and objective" ruling on a petition filed by the Philippines that contests China's claims to disputed areas in the East Sea, the foreign ministry said Friday.
It hopes the ruling will provide a basis for peacefully resolving disputes in the East Sea, the ministry's spokesman Le Hai Binh said, using the Vietnamese name of the South China Sea.
His statement was made two days after the Permanent Court of Arbitration announced July 12 as the verdict date.
The case seeks an interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which China, the Philippines and Vietnam are signatories.
As a country with "direct connection" to the disputes and a UNCLOS signatory, Vietnam has been observing the development of the case, Binh said.
Vietnam "wants the arbitration court to deliver a fair and objective decision, creating a basis to peacefully resolve disputes in the (South China Sea)," he said.
He also reiterated the country’s consistent position of supporting the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures, on the basis of international law.

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