PH embassy in Beijing, cordoned off prior to Hague ruling

PH embassy in Beijing, cordoned off prior to Hague ruling

- Several foreign journalists in Beijing have reported that the area surrounding the Philippine Embassy was closed off shortly after the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against China

- The international tribunal decided that China has no historic rights to living and non-living resources within the ‘nine-dash line’ in areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone or continental shelf

- The Department of Foreign Affairs released a statement stating that the Filipinos must “exercise restraint and sobriety”

The aftermath of the landmark decision delivered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Tuesday drew mixed reactions all over the world. The Philippines’ cautiously celebrated the 5-0 victory but maintains "its abiding commitment to efforts to pursue the peaceful resolution and management of disputes with a view to promoting and enhancing peace and stability in the region".

On the other hand, China maintains that it will not give up its claims over the islands and will continue to exercise sovereignty over the disputed region.

Hours before the decision was released, the Beijing police lined the street leading to the embassy in preparation for any protest that may happen.

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Emily Rauhala, a China correspondent for Washington Post, took to her Twitter account and posted a photo of police vehicles parked outside the Philippine Embassy. She described the vibe around the area as “calm” without any signs of protestors.

A similar post showing the area outside the embassy was posted by Eric Cheung, an intern reporter for ABC News. He also featured a row policemen guarding a cordoned off section of a street leading to the embassy.

Xinyan Yu, a multimedia producer for BBC, provided a front view of the same street where the policemen were stationed.

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Tom Phillips, a Beijing correspondent for The Guardian, shared a photo of plainclothes officers and police vehicles parked outside the Philippine embassy hours before the tribunal released its ruling.

Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported that the country "does not accept and does not recognize" the ruling handed down by the tribunal.

Prior to the release of the decision, Filipinos living in China received several text messages from the embassy warning them not to discuss politics in public and on social media. The messages also advised Filipinos to carry their passports and residency permits with them at all times and to contact the embassy or Chinese police if there are any untoward incidents. - Kami Media

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