DND Urges China To Comply With Rule-Based Order In West PH Sea
DND URGES CHINA TO COMPLY – The Department of National Defense said that it agrees with US regarding a “rule-based order” in South China Sea.
Along with this, the DND urged China to acknowledge and comply with the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling. This granted the Philippines rights to its islands being claimed by China.
However, the Chinese embassy had recently said that it would never comply with the award granted to the Philippines. Additionally, they called the the reward “illegal and unjust.
According to a report from the Manila Bulletin, Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana stated:
We strongly agree with the position of the international community that there should a rules-based order in the South China Sea.
We urge China to comply with the Permanent Court Arbitration (PCA) ruling and abide by the United Nations Convention of the law of the Seas (UNCLOS) to which it is a signatory.
It is in the best interest of regional stability that China heeds the call of the community or nations to follow international law and honor the existing international agreements.
Moving forward, we continue to push for the finalization of a substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to settle disputes and prevent the escalation of tensions in the region.
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