Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay announces that the Philippines “welcomes the award by the Arbitral tribunal”.
The judgment by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is overwhelmingly in favour of claims by the Philippines and this will surely increase global diplomatic pressure on Beijing to stop military expansion in the disputed areas, reported via The Guardian.
Yasay added, “our experts are studying the award with care and thoroughness that this significant outcome deserves.”
He strongly and loudly calls on all those who are concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety.
“The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to the ongoing efforts in addressing disputes to the South China Sea.”, Yasay says as reported via The Standard.
The findings by The Hague tribunal contain a series of criticisms against China’s actions and claims. It was reported that the court declares that although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as of those other states, had been historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was “no evidence” that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources, as posted by The Guardian.
According to reports from The Guardian, China reacted angrily to the verdict, as Xinhua, the country’s official news agency, hit out at what it described as an ‘ill-founded’ ruling that was “naturally null and void”.
It seems that the tribunal ruling declares that a certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zones of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China.