The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague upheld the Philippines in the case it filed against China, saying Beijing has no historic rights in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
The tribunal said China violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone when it constructed artificial islands in disputed areas, stopped Filipinos from fishing and not stopping Chinese from fishing n the zone.
“The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line,” the tribunal said in a statement.
“Having found that none of the features claimed by China was capable of generating an exclusive economic zone, the Tribunal found that it could—without delimiting a boundary—declare that certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China,” it added. LEENA CHUA