After the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) came out, Taiwan sent a warship in the disputed areas of South China Sea showing rejection of the court’s ruling.
Taiwan over the years, is often overlooked claimant of the region because of the bold claims of China, which considers the country as part of its territory.
But when the ruling of the International Tribunal rejects the nine-dash line claim of China, Taiwan reminded the world also it had a stake in the sea.
“The mission of this voyage is to display Taiwan People’s resolve in defending the national interest” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said in a speech before the departure of ship.
According to Taiwanese President Tsai, the decision of the PCA “gravely harmed” the nation’s rights in the South China Sea, which also claimed in part by the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.
On the same paper, Taiwan and China made same claims to the SCS region. The so-called nine-dash line that Beijing used to claim the most of the area and it is based of the map issued in the late 1940s by then- Nationalist government, since then the two country based their claim on the said line, which the tribunal concluded had no basis in law.
July 12, when the PCA issued its verdict favoring the Philippines as owns the areas, through the power of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Hague court said the nine-dash line of China had no legal basis and it also breached the convention’s maritime security clause when it reclaimed most of the islands in the region that basically part of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.
China has boycotted all the court’s proceedings and said the PCA had no jurisdiction on the issue.