Reichler said: 29 minutes, 22 seconds into the forum:
“The Philippines had spent many years – actually negotiations go back to 1995 – mainly bilateral, some multilateral, and at no point was any progress made in reaching any kind of a solution bilaterally.
China simply held to the position that China has sovereignty and sovereign rights within the nine-dash line and that includes sovereignty over all the insular features – reefs, shoals, cays, rocks within the nine-dash line and there is no flexibility in the position in the negotiations.
So the Philippines was faced with a very difficult position that was getting worse.”
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