China doesn’t possess South China Sea- Carpio rebuffs Duterte
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China ‘is already in possession’ of the South China Sea
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffed President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, November 16, by asserting that China does not possess the South China Sea as Duterte claimed.
“China is in physical possession of the entire Paracels, 7 geologic features in the Spratlys, and Scarborough Shoal. These geologic features, and their territorial seas, constitute less than 8% of the total area of the South China Sea. Factually, China is not in possession of the South China Sea,” Carpio said in a prepared speech on Friday.
He also pointed out that about 25% of the South China Sea is composed of high seas. He said that under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, “no state can possess or own the high seas, which belong to all mankind.”
He said that “there is freedom of navigation and overflight in the high seas for all nations.”
Carpio noted, too, that the Philippines “has exclusive sovereign rights to explore and exploit the natural resources” in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea, which is part of the South China Sea.
Selecting sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea.
“In the event that China can have the South China Sea, at that point the Philippines can’t practice its select sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea. There is additionally opportunity of route and overflight in the EEZs for all countries,” Carpio said.
Carpio, a candidate for boss equity, made these comments after Duterte said on Thursday, November 15, that he restricts military penetrates in the South China Sea since China “is as of now under lock and key” of these waters.
“It’s not military drills since I said China is as of now under lock and key. It’s currently in their grasp. So for what reason do you need to make gratings?” Duterte said in a meeting with correspondents on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Natioins Summit in Singapore.
The Philippines in July 2016 won a notable body of evidence against China at a Hague court, which maintained the Philippines’ rights over the West Philippine Sea. Carpio was one of the promoters of this legitimate triumph, while Duterte put aside this decision to pick up credits and allows from Beijing.
Duterte is set to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping one week from now for the primary state visit of a Chinese pioneer in 15 years.