By: Elena Grace Flores
Perfecto Yasay Jr. the incoming Foreign Secretary has called on the international leaders to “join together” in enforcing the United Nations arbitration court’s decision that is expected negate China’s territorial claims and occupation of reefs and shoals in the South China Sea. Yasay is hoping that Japan would stand by the Philippines in enforcing the ruling. July 7 is the most-awaited day for the decision on China’s nine-dash line dispute with Philippines.
Inquirer reported: “Beijing claims 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea, including waters within the 370-km exclusive economic zones of its small neighbors, including the Philippines. China remains firm that it will not abide by the UN court’s decision as it is not a party to the arbitration case. Besides the Philippines and China, claimants in the South China Sea include Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.” Yasay said, “it’s very important that the international community who is concerned in ensuring the freedom of navigation in the contested area, and the overflight in that area as well and the maritime security over the sea, to get together….” A united stand, he said, would “make the Chinese even understand that it is for their benefit to resolve the conflict in this area peacefully, that there is more for the Chinese to lose if they will take aggressive action and use force than if they will pursue the resolution of this dispute through peaceful means.
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio earlier confirmed the support of naval powers, with the United States leading the force with allies; like France, Japan, Australia and the European Union on the freedom of navigation grounds. China on the other hand is observed to intensify its campaign to insist its claim – that can be the cause of another world war.