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The South China Sea Arbitration

The Philippines’ DFA Statement on the Tribunal’s Decision on the South China Sea

The Philippines welcomes the issuance today, 12 July 2016, of the award by the Arbitral Tribunal constituted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration under ANNEX VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention Law of the Seas or UNCLOS on the arbitration proceedings initiated by the Philippines with regard to the South China Sea.

Our experts are studying the Award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome deserves. In the meantime, we call on all those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety.

The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing efforts in addressing disputes in the South China Sea.

The decision upholds international law, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS. The Philippines reiterates its abiding commitment to efforts of pursing the peaceful resolution and management of disputes with the view of promoting and enhancing peace and stability in the regions.

Source: The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs.

PCA Press Release: PCA Case No. 2013-19 – The South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of the Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China)


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One thought on “The Philippines’ DFA Statement on the Tribunal’s Decision on the South China Sea

  1. The Arbitral Tribunal stated that all historic claims by the China were invalidated because they were incompatible with the UNCLOS agreement made in 1982. Why would China enter such an agreement?


    Posted by Steve Yang | July 27, 2016, 3:15 pm

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