Malacanang thanks UK, France, Germany for supporting PH arbitral win over China's expansive claims in SCS.

Malacanang thanks UK, France, Germany for supporting PH arbitral win over China's expansive claims in SCS.


Malacanang has extended its gratitude to the government’s of United Kingdom, France, and Germany for supporting the Philippines’ arbitral win in the South China Sea (SCS).

The arbitral win was granted last 2016 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), wherein it invalidated China’s nine dash line theory in the region.

"Nagpapasalamat po kami sa mga bansang ito dahil hindi naman po mabubura iyong panalo natin sa arbitral tribunal na iyan na nagsasabi na wala pong legal na basehan iyong kini-claim ng China (We thank these countries because there's no erasing to what we won at the arbitral tribunal that there is no legal basis to China's historical claims to maritime territories)," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a briefing.

An aerial view of Fiery Cross Reef, occupied and controlled by China as Yongshu Reef, but also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.(South China Morning Post)

The three European states in a note verbale on Thursday challenged China's illegal claims in the strategic waters as they affirmed the 2016 decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration(PCA).

The three countries also underscored that land building activities or other forms of artificial transformation cannot change the classification of a feature under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Roque said while China continues to reject the arbitral award, it remains binding on the signatories of UNCLOS, to which Beijing is part of.

"Hindi kinikilala iyan ng Tsina pero dahil siya po ay partido sa UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, binigay po niya ang kaniyang consent na i-settle ang lahat ng dispute sa pamamagitan ng dispute settlement procedure na nakasaad po sa UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (The ruling was not recognized by China but since they are party to the UNCLOS, they gave their consent to settle all maritime dispute through a dispute settlement procedure prescribed in the UNCLOS)," he said.


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