China Speaks on South China Sea Award to Philippines by the Arbitration Tribunal
CHINA – The Chinese government released a statement on the South China Sea arbitration award to the Philippines.
Despite the visible good ties between the Philippines and the Chinese governments, it is no secret to the public that there is a territorial dispute between the two (2) countries. It is over the South China Sea.
Both PH and the Chinese nation are claiming ownership over the said island. The issue has reached the international tribunal which gave its decision in the year 2016.
Four (4) years ago, the international tribunal released its verdict siding to the Philippines on the jurisdiction over the South China Sea. However, even after it, Chinese continue with their activities on the disputed island.
Recently, China released a statement regarding the South China Sea arbitration award to the Philippines. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, it is not accepting and recognizing the said award.
The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines said that their country is “consistent, clear, and firm” on their stand. They even tagged the arbitration award as “illegal and invalid”.
According to the report, the Chinese embassy stressed that their nation is not participating in the said arbitration. The said statement was after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stressed a reaffirmation of the award and cited that it is “non-negotiable”.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called for the Chinese nation to abide by the “call of the community of nations”. It is stressed that it must honor the existing agreements between the different countries.
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