The end for China’s ambitious claim over virtually the entire South China Sea including the West Philippine Sea is nearing to an end.
“We are hoping that by next year the tribunal will be able to hand down its decision and assuming we get a favorable decision, then all these maps will be invalidated because they do not comply with international law especially UNCLOS,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.
If the tribunal’s decision goes with Philippines’ side, all Chinese published maps including 10-dash line and 9-dash line maps covering the entire South China Sea will be invalidated.
“China never clarified its claim over the land features. The nine-dash-line has no geographic coordination,” the spokesperson said. The reason why Philippines and the tribunal wants China to participate in the arbitration to clarify its claims which China never did.
“And precisely, we already filed an arbitration case before the Arbitral Tribunal of UNCLOS (United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea) to seek clarification on our maritime entitlements under UNCLOS,” Jose said.