China declares fishing ban on WPS: 'We Do Not Recognize It' - Philippines

China declares fishing ban on WPS: 'We Do Not Recognize It' - Philippines


The locking of horns in the West Philippine Sea between the Philippines and Asian giant that is China is still on.

China has recently announced an annual moratorium banning fishing in the West Philippine Sea, which runs until August 16, but the Philippines is not having any of it.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement released last May 17 slammed China’s unilateral move. It cited international law, including the 2016 landmark victory of the Philippines against China at the United Nations international arbitral tribunal.

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Tn 2016 the Permanent Court of Arbitration overwhelmingly favored arguments submitted by the Republic of the Philippines. The decision invalidated China’s Nine-Dash Lines and its “historic” claims on the entire West Philippine Sea (WPS). The decision also declared the Chinese occupation of the reefs within the areas claimed by the Philippines.

The 11-point arbitration award also stated China has violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and has failed to protect the environment when it built artificial islands and “engaged in harmful harvesting activities” in the West Philippine Sea. 

According to the ruling, it was illegal for China to prevent Filipinos from conducting traditional fishing activities in the West Philippine Sea, particularly when it blocked access to Scarborough Shoal beginning 2012.



Some of the staunchest supporters of the 2016 PCA ruling were the European Union, which is composed of 27 countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.




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