Abe to call for tribunal’s S. China Sea ruling to be respected

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed for Ulan Bator on Thursday to attend a summit of Asian and European leaders, where he is expected to call for the recent ruling by an international tribunal rejecting China’s claims to historic rights over the South China Sea to be respected.

The Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, is the first major international gathering since the judgement on Tuesday by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in a case brought by the Philippines. China immediately rejected the decision.

“I’ll underscore the importance of the rule of law and peaceful resolution” of the issue, Abe told reporters at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. PNA/Kyodo/northboundasia.com