Teodoro dares China to place sovereignty declare to arbitration


Teodoro dares China to put maritime sovereignty claim to arbitration

A Chinese navy ship is seen crusing within the South China Sea, October 4, 2023. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The chief of the Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday dared China to take its claims of sovereignty within the South China Sea to worldwide arbitration following one other standoff on the weekend, however mentioned Manila wouldn’t budge on its place.

The Philippines accused China’s coastguard of utilizing water cannon in opposition to a civilian boat supplying troops stationed on a grounded warship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, damaging the resupply boat and injuring some crew, the most recent in a succession of flare-ups previously yr.

“If China is not afraid to state its claims to the world, then why don’t we arbitrate under international law?,” DND Secretary Gilberto Teodoro informed reporters.

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China’s coastguard mentioned it took needed measures in opposition to the Philippine vessels. China’s protection ministry on Sunday informed the Philippines to stop “provocative actions” and feedback that will result in battle and an escalation.

The Philippines’ nationwide safety adviser convened a high-level assembly of prime safety officers on Monday over the incident, to organize suggestions to place to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on methods ahead within the dispute.

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China claims virtually all the South China Sea as its personal, together with the Second Thomas Shoal, which is throughout the Philippines’ 200-mile (320-km) unique financial zone.

Beijing has deployed a whole bunch of coastguard vessel all through the South China Sea to patrol what it considers its territory, regardless of the Permanent Court of Arbitration making clear in 2016 that its huge declare had no foundation underneath worldwide legislation.

“They are the ones who entered our territory,” Teodoro mentioned.

“No country believes (their claims) and they see this as their way to use force, intimidate and bend the Philippines to their ambitions.”

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