Japan, Vietnam agree South China Sea ruling must be observed-Kyodo

The United States (US) and Japan responded by urging China to respect the court's decision.

"Japan isn't a state directly associated with the South China Sea dilemma, and therefore should exercise care in its words and actions, and quit hyping up and intervening", Li said, in accordance with Xinhua.

It said it recalls that the dispute settlement mechanisms as provided under UNCLOS "contribute to the maintenance and furthering of the global order based upon the Rule of Law and are essential to settle disputes".

Some leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, raised the issue during their discussions, telling his counterparts that it is a "common concern" of the worldwide community.

But Zhu added that they would be deployed to oilfields in the Bohai Sea off China's northeast coast, not in the South China Sea.

Richardson, a career submariner, during the July 17-20 trip will also head to China's submarine academy in Qingdao, homeport of China's North Sea Fleet, and meet for the first time with Adm. Wu Shengli, commander of naval forces in the People's Liberation Army. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to the strategic waterway.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a briefing that China welcomes Duterte's willingness to start talks.

The statement did not elaborate.

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China plans to build nuclear power stations in the South China Sea to establish "effective control" of disputed islands, officials have reportedly said.

"But since certain countries commented on the issue, it is thus necessary for China to come out to clarify its stance and spell out the truth", he said.

Asked about Cambodia's position, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn told Reuters: "We are not involved in this arbitration case and just wish to stand by our policy of neutrality". Manila's top government lawyer, Jose Calida, stressed on Friday there would be no concessions to China.

China on Friday warned Japan against interfering in the South China Sea row, as Beijing continues to beef up its diplomatic efforts in the wake of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration's verdict on the maritime dispute.

The United States is a key Philippines ally and has encouraged Asian nations to avoid moving aggressively to capitalize on the court ruling.

"The award opens a horizon of possibilities for all stakeholders. We will go for peaceful talks", Duterte said in a speech on Thursday night in a testimonial dinner tendered in his honour by the San Beda Alumni Association at the historic Club Filipino in Metro Manila.

"War is not an option", he said.

"If you understand how the other side lives, you're more tolerant", he said.

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