- Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is ‘proud’ that the Philippines took China to an arbitration court
- The presidential candidate also reiterates her support to America’s closest ally in the region
- She assures that the territorial conflict will be handled in a diplomatic manner, and not by force
MANILA, Phillipines – Former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Philippines is in the right direction in filing an arbitration case against China before the international court in The Hague, Netherlands to resolve the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ North American Bureau, Clinton throws her support behind the Philippines in its ongoing arbitration case against China that mainly questions the latter’s self-imposed ‘nine-dash line’ territorial boundary in the disputed waters.
“I have been very strongly in support with the Philippines in this dispute and I am proud of the Philippines for taking their dispute to the international court,” Clinton said; describing Manila’s move as a wise decision ‘because there should not be a seizure of any territory until there’s some kind of resolution that is legal’.
Clinton is a staunch critic of China even during her White House stint as First Lady when she made a rousing speech against the communist nation’s rampant human rights abuses at the UN World Conference on Women in 1995. (Click here to read more)