PH ‘strongly opposes’ application of China coast guard law ‘beyond Beijing’s territory’

China Coast Guard ship Filipino fishing boat CCG hugo

A China Coast Guard ship tries to drive away a Filipino fishing boat by blocking its path on its strategy to one of the sandbars close to the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island within the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO FROM LARRY HUGO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is “strongly opposed” to any application of China’s coast guard law “beyond the limits” of Beijing’s maritime entitlements beneath worldwide law and the 2016 arbitral award on the South China Sea, which invalidated China’s expansive claims within the disputed waters.

In a press release on Friday detailing Manila’s actions to handle points in regards to the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) famous that the Philippines was the primary nation to file a diplomatic protest in opposition to China’s new law, which might enable the Chinese Coast Guard to fireplace at overseas vessels in areas claimed by China.

“While enacting a law is a sovereign prerogative, the geographic area of coverage of China’s claims directly poses threat to the conduct of Philippine legitimate activities in the West Philippine Sea, which, if unchallenged, is acquiescence,” the DFA mentioned.

“The Philippines strongly opposed any application of China’s Coast Guard Law beyond the limits of China’s maritime entitlements under the international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2016 Award on the South China Sea arbitration,” it added.

China claims practically the whole South China Sea, together with waters inside the unique financial zones of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines (the West Philippine Sea), Vietnam, and Taiwan.

In July 2016, the Philippines sealed a historic win in opposition to China earlier than the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, which invalidated China’s “nine-dash line.” declare.

Beijing refuses to acknowledge the ruling.

The DFA, in the meantime, reiterated the stand of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. that the Philippines needn’t elevate China’s law earlier than the Hague or any worldwide tribunal.

“The win of the Philippines in the Arbitral Award in 2016 is already established under international law, and has been recognized by numerous states,” the DFA mentioned.

“There is no room for interpretation as there is no issue on the maritime rights and jurisdictions on the West Philippine Sea that demands the resort to an international court to resolve,” it added.

The Philippines will likely be deploying extra naval belongings within the West Philippine Sea amid China’s “very alarming” and “very irresponsible” law, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana earlier mentioned.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila has already earlier defended China’s new law, saying it conforms with worldwide conventions and isn’t focused at any particular nation.

60 diplomatic notes, 48 answered

The DFA additionally underscored that beneath Locsin’s management, the division has been “assiduously protesting every infringement on our territory and of our sovereign rights, as well as Chinese actions that amount to provocation, threats or coercion.”

According to the DFA, it has filed a complete of 60 diplomatic notes to China, 45 of which had been issued beneath Locsin’s tenure.

China has thus far solely addressed points raised in 48 of these diplomatic notes, the DFA added.

In a tweet additionally on Friday, Locsin mentioned that “in some cases one response addressed issues raised in several diplomatic notes.”

“They are never impolite in my experience,” he added.

The DFA mentioned the Philippine authorities is set to proceed engagements, whether or not bilateral or multilateral, and likewise “has the resolve to persist in constructively engaging China to ensure commitment to abide by international law.”

“We continue to pursue the course that right is might, which is apparent from our negotiations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea,” the DFA mentioned.

The division then reminded China in addition to Manila’s regional neighbors about “existing political commitments to exercise self-restraint in the area, such as those under the Declaration of Conduct as well as the [United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea].”


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