The victory of the Philippines over China over South China Sea was not only a momentous event to the island nation, but to the entire world as a whole.
Right after the decision was handed down by the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday, more and more pieces of information are coming in, exposing more about China’s legal backing on its claim on almost 90 percent of the vast maritime zone.
According to a report from the CNBC News, the court’s ruling was a big blow to China and a big win for the Philippines, which sought the intervention of the international tribunal to settle the issue in 2013. Although China has repeatedly said it is not going to participate nor honor the decision of the court, law experts say this is going to bring the Philippines in an advantageous position.
American Politician Chuck Hagel told CNBC that the moment China signed the UNCLOS, it gave up its rights to the South China Sea. The UNCLOS, which was signed between UN-member states including China, took effect in the 1970s and is considered one of the most important laws putting order in the maritime zones across the world.
“(It) explicitly states in that treaty and when you sign that treaty, you would and do relinquish all previous historical rights to any contested territory. So China essentially put itself in this position to be part of whatever the international tribunal comes down with,” Hagel told CNBC.
It can be recalled that last Tuesday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, after nearly three years of deliberation, has issued the ruling in favor of the Philippines, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
The court released the ruling in an 11-page press release where it practically pronounced that China’s presence in the disputed maritime zone violated international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which China and the Philippines are among the signatory countries.