Arbitral Tribunal ruling on West PH Sea: No legal basis for China to claim historic rights

Arbitral Tribunal ruling on West PH Sea: No legal basis for China to claim historic rights

- It has been more than three years since the Philippines' arbitration case against China was filed

- UN Arbitral Tribunal has finally concluded a decision on the decades-old territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

- The Hague rules in favor of the Philippines over China

- China, on the other hand, has declined to join the proceedings, insisting that the jurisdiction of the tribunal will not abide by any decision of the court

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Arbitral Tribunal ruling on West PH Sea: No legal basis for China to claim historic rights

A panel of five judges from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague reached a unanimous decision in favor of the Philippines on the historic case against China's claim over the South China Sea (Photo from Permanent Court of Arbitration)

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a member of the Philippine delegation to The Hague said that China's "nine-dash line" is void.

China’s declaration of “historic rights” over the South China Sea through its “nine-dash line” overlaps with the Philippines 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The "nine-dash line" covers about 85 percent of the South China Sea which includes 80 percent that of the Philippines EEZ in the West PH Sea.

For over three years of legal proceedings, the arbitral tribunal has finally reached a decision on Tuesday, July 12. The ruling was issued by a panel of five international law judges coming from different countries. The high-caliber tribunal includes Thomas Mensah (Ghana), Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Stanislaw Pawlak (Poland), Alfred Soons (The Netherlands) and Rüdiger Wolfrum (Germany). - Kami Media

Below is a summary of the ruling on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

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