Arbitration ruling on sea row with China may come early 2016 – DFA chief

SCSC - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Thursday said the Netherlands - based arbitral tribunal may hand down a ruling on the Philippines' complaint against China’s massive claim in the disputed South China Sea by the first quarter of 2016.

Manila’s case, which was filed before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last January 2013, seeks to invalidate China’s nine - dash line claim, a tongue - shaped encirclement that covers a huge swath of the resource - rich waters, including those that are within Philippine territory. [READ MORE]