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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Op-Ed ContributorsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPManilas duplicity cannot cover up core issueBy Lu Yang (China Daily) Updated:2016-05-28 09:12Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallAfter the 1970s, Manila started to transform its intention into action. The Philippines overtly invaded some of Chinas islands. In this arbitration, Manila lodged a false accusation alleging China has violated the Philippines maritime interests. It continues to make up a multitude of lies and ridiculous points of view.For instance, it claims that according to history, Chinas southern most territory is Hainan Island, and except for Filipino fishermen, no others have ever taken hold of Meiji Reef, and that Taiping Island does not qualify as an island defined by international law.Second, Manilas appeal intentionally distorts the rules of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea. The core of the China-Philippine dispute over the South China Sea is the sovereignty dispute over some reefs and islands and the issue of maritime delimitation. And the latter issue cannot be solved without settling the island sovereignty dispute.Because the arbitration courts jurisdiction is strictly limited, Manila carefully packaged its appeal into an issue that is applicable to the convention. Otherwise, the arbitration court would not handle the sovereignty dispute and maritime delimitation. Manila even alleged it does not seek the arbitration court ruling on which side has sovereignty over the islands, or how to draw the boundary on the sea.These tricks cannot change the nature of the issue, which is the Philippines illegal invasion and occupation of Chinas reefs and islands and its infringement of Chinas maritime interests.If the nature of the issue is put squarely on the board, the arbitration court has no jurisdiction, and the international community will see more clearly the historical fact that Philippines has never stopped invading and occupying Chinas islands and reefs since the end of World War II. The Philippines unilateral appeal to the arbitration court is a distortion of the conventions principle and spirit.Manila should be clearheaded that its painstaking performance only exposes its falsehoods and irrationality. Manila should have bilateral negotiations with Beijing on an equal footing and on the basis of international laws. 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