“Australia, as a responsible member of the community of nations, has advocated for the rule of law and the peaceful of resolution of disputes in the South China Sea,” President Benigno S. Aquino III said during the 40th ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit in Myanmar.
“Their support for our approach in resolving this concern encourages us even more to pursue the right, reasonable, and just path towards stability,” the President added.
Aquino also emphasized that Philippines is pursuing the completion of the arbitration case against China. Arbitration is a mechanism allowed in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to solve maritime disputes.
“Indeed, these past four decades, Australia has stood by us as a reliable and constant partner, working with our community towards building a truly inclusive, resilient, and stable region, one that serves as a lynchpin of growth in our part of the world,” Aquino said.
President Aquino also relayed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott how the Filipino people are grateful for the help Australia extended after the devastation of typhoon Yolanda.