On 12 July 2016, the special arbitral tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines on most of its submissions. It clarified that it would not “… rule on any question of sovereignty over land territory and would not delimit any maritime boundary between the Parties”.
What is the decision of the tribunal on the West Philippine Sea dispute between the Philippines and China?
In short, an UNCLOS arbitral tribunal has decided with finality the maritime dispute between the Philippines and China in the WPS. Nature, however, will decide with finality the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China in the WPS.
What is the result of the Arbitration case that the Philippines filed in the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea against China in claiming about West Philippine Sea?
It has finally been decided that the Philippines has exclusive sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea (in the South China Sea) and that China’s “nine-dash line” is invalid, according to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
What is arbitral ruling?
Arbitration is a procedure in which a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute. In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court.
What made Philippines win the case against China?
The tribunal’s ruling is certainly a legal victory for the Philippines over China as the judges agreed unanimously on almost all the questions submitted by the Philippines, including a declaration from the tribunal that China is obliged to comply with UNCLOS and that the award is legally binding on China.
Do the Philippines have rights to own the Spratly Islands?
The Philippines claims the northeastern section of the Spratly Islands as the Kalayaan Island Group, in addition to the Scarborough Shoal, which it calls the Bajo de Masinloc. Malaysia claims part of the Kalayaan Island, while China and Taiwan claim the entirety of the island group.
Why territorial conflicts between Philippines and China exist?
No matter how the Philippine memorial is packaged, the direct cause of the disputes between China and the Philippines is the latter’s illegal occupation of some of China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
Why the West Philippine Sea is important?
The Philippine Sea is known as a hotspot and a center of marine biodiversity. … The Kalayaan Islands and the west area of Palawan account for about 10% of the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), contributing approximately 20% of the country’s total marine fish catch each year.