Philippines against China at The Hague– (The Republic of the Philippines vs. The People’s Republic of China), a dispute originated after Japan renounced all claims to the Spratly Islands.
A hearing was made to face the truth against Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries.
People’s Republic of China claims it is entitled to the Paracel and Spratly Islands because they were seen as integral parts of the Ming dynasty.
While Philippines with its case to China is not yet over as it starts arguing against China’s expansive claims over the South China Sea, thus Philippines claimed it’s right to fish in the said area.
An argument on the arbitration case against China’s territorial expansion over the South China Sea came up. This is considered as the most significant and closely watched development in the maritime dispute.
He addressed the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Tuesday, entitles a coastal state to an EEZ of 200 nautical miles of sea from its coastline, including the rights to an extended continental shelf .
Philippines is asking the tribunal to declare China’s nine-dashed line void.
“The nine-dashed line is China’s purportedly historical boundary that takes up 85% of the South China Sea, including 80% of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea” said Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.
China is being asked to submit its counterarguments by the time when Philippines submitted its arguments to the tribunal. But as of now, China publicly refused to participate in the entire arbitration process.
This long issue of sovereignty and maritime delimitation are beyond the scope of the Tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the case.
This time many Filipinos feared of loosing the case, for they may also lose much of its traditional fishing grounds.