Thu. May 19th, 2022

The Philippines’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 26 criticised
China’s publication of a new map that covers nearly all waters and
islands in the East Sea, affirming that it seriously violates
international law.

This act of China is completely
unacceptable as it runs counter to international law and the 1982 UN
Convention on the Law of the Sea to which China is a party, the
ministry said in its statement.

The ministry’s spokesman
Charles Jose described China ‘s “ambitious expansionism” as the reason
for the current tensions in the East Sea . The official asserted
that territorial and maritime disputes must be resolved at an
international arbitral court.

The new map, published by
the Hunan publishing house on June 23, includes almost all waters and
islands in the East Sea in the so-called “sovereignty” claimed by
China, seriously violating the sovereignty, sovereign right and
jurisdiction of coastal states in the East Sea .

Last
year, the Philippines submitted a 4,000-page document to an
international arbitral tribunal protesting against China ’s sovereignty
claim over nearly the entire East Sea . The tribunal urged China
to present its official counter-arguments before December 15.-VNA

By vivian