Japan, US, Australia Urge the Philippines, China to Abide by Arbitral Ruling

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Japan, the United States, and Australia has issued a join statement calling on the need for the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the South China Sea.

But the statement does not imply that the Philippines is not abiding by ruling, which invalidated China’s historic nine-dash line over the disputed waters.

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Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono made this clarification at a press conference Monday night at the International Media Center at the Conrad Manila Hotel.

The Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Joint Statement was issued after the three countries concluded its 7th Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Manila.

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