With China’s new legislation vs foreign ships, Palace hopes no nation would worsen WPS tensions

Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) – January 25, 2021 – 6:14pm

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday expressed hope that no state would do some thing that could worsen the tensions in the South China Sea soon after China adopted a regulation allowing its coastline guard to hearth on international ships.

China, which is embroiled in a dispute with the Philippines and 4 other claimants in the South China Sea and with Japan in the East China Sea, passed previous week a law that permits its coast guard to “consider all essential steps” to stop foreigners from infringing on its jurisdiction at sea.

The law, which was authorised as the globe is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, lets the Chinese coast guard to ruin structures created by other nations on Beijing-claimed islands and reefs. It also will allow the coast guard to board and inspect overseas ships in waters claimed by China. 

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque stated although sovereign nations around the world can go legislation, it need to comply with its obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, of which China is a signatory. 

“Less than standard intercontinental legislation, the use of power is normally prohibited other than for two nicely-described exceptions. By way of self-protection, there should be sending of armed troops into the territory of China and the use of pressure really should be required and proportional and when licensed by the UN Security Council,” Roque explained at a press briefing. 

“We hope no place included in the West Philippine Sea concern would worsen the predicament,” he additional, making use of the identify that the Philippines gave to the South China Sea spot it is proclaiming. 

Roque reiterated the have to have for a binding code of perform for claimants in the South China Sea, the place $5 trillion worthy of of merchandise passes by each individual year.

“The declaration of our president is we should really complete the code of carry out and all claimants in the West Philippine Sea need to adhere to the code of carry out,” the Palace spokesman claimed.

China promises about 90 p.c of the South China Sea while the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Taiwan have overlapping claims. In 2016, a Hague-based arbitral courtroom invalidated China’s maritime assert in the South China Sea and affirmed the Philippines’ sovereign rights about its exceptional economic zone. The Chinese federal government has refused to identify the ruling, contacting it “unlawful” and dismissing it as a “mere piece of paper.” 

Japan also has a maritime row with China, with the two international locations proclaiming the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.