By Mei Jingya, Sina English
The Philippines have been making waves and stirring trouble on the South China Sea again since its failed attempt to pressure China at the ASEAN summit.
On Nov.26, Zhang Hua, spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Manila, said in a statement the Philippines misinterpreted and misapplied the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas (Unclos) to back its territorial claim, which is, in actuality, contrary to international laws.
On Tuesday, many local media outlets covered the statement and so far, the Philippine government has made no official response.
In a report titled “China hits PH sea stance”, The Manila Standard Today reported that Zhang Hua said in a strongly-worded statement, the Philippines erred in using provisions of the Unclos as the basis for its Exclusive Economic Zone claims.
Zhang Hua claimed that the Unclos provided a mechanism only for the resolution of maritime disputes and not on the issue of sovereignty; and that it has been an established basic principle of international law that “the land dominates the sea”.
"Coastal states derive their sovereign rights and jurisdiction over EEZs from their territorial sovereignty. Unclos does not have any provision to change a country’s sovereignty over territorial land,” he said.
The Sun Star also published Zhang’s statement, saying Zhang cited a report of the China National Institute for South China Sea Studies' to discredit Manila's EEZ-based claims violate the law of “the land dominates the sea.”
“Ignoring the fact Huangyan Island has always belonged to China, the Philippines' EEZs based territorial claim to the detriment of China's territorial sovereignty is not only a misinterpretation and abuse of Unclos, but also represents a violation of the fundamental principle of the inviolability of territorial sovereignty enshrined in the UN Charter," said Zhang.