US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg late on June 26 voiced
his support for the Southeast Asian country’s protest against China’s
publication of a new map that covers nearly all waters and islands in
the East Sea in the so-called sovereignty of Beijing.
According to Goldberg, on the “10-dash map”, the basic principle
remains the same on the so-called “nine-dash line” claimed by China
earlier. However, it has no basis in international law, he stated.
China’s move has violated the 1982 United Nations Convention on the
Law of the Sea, he said, noting that attempts by a country to infringe
on another’s lawful use of the sea should be raised as a concern.
“We may have historical arguments for many things but we believe that
the ways forward of settling this issue are through tribunals, code of
conduct, observance of declarations of conduct, negotiations directly
with parties, not through intimidation but legitimate kinds of
discussions like Philippines and Indonesia’s agreement on economic
zones. It can be done,” he said.
On June 26, the
Philippines’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticised China’s publication
of the new map, 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
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
opposing China’s sovereignty claim over nearly the entire East Sea. The
tribunal urged China to present its official counter-arguments before