The Philippines on June 19 said it will ask a United Nations tribunal to speed up its ruling on the country’s marine dispute with China in the East Sea, with the current tensions worsening.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose revealed that the country will file a formal request to the international tribunal headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, to seek a resolution on the case within this year or early 2015.

Late last month, China rejected a notice from the tribunal which gave Beijing until December 15 to reply to the first international case filed against it over the East Sea row.

In 2013, the Philippines submitted a 4,000-page document detailing arguments and legal evidence against China ’s territorial claim over the East Sea – which is invalid and illegal according to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Government said it had to bring this issue to tribunal after the arrangement for peaceful negotiations with the Chinese side proved fruitless.

While objecting to the tribunal’s attribution, China claimed that it will be ready to settle any territorial disputes in the East Sea through bilateral talks.-VNA