China protests Philippines’ claim of extended continental shelf

SEABED This image shows the outer limits (in purple) of the Philippine continental shelf beyond 370 kilometers in the West Palawan region. —SCREENGRAB FROM THE PH SUBMISSION TO THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF
Published June 22, 2024

China has filed a protest against the Philippines’ request to extend its continental shelf claim in a United Nations body.

In a note verbale dated June 18, China appealed to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf “not to consider” the submission filed on June 14 by the Philippines, which invoked its right under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos)

“China has indisputable sovereignty over Nanhai Zhudao and the adjacent waters, and enjoys sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the relevant waters as well as the seabed and subsoil thereof,” the diplomatic communication read.

Nanhai Zhudao, or the “South China Sea islands,” are claimed by several countries in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.

Beijing said that the extended continental shelf beyond 370 kilometers (200 nautical miles) contained in the Philippines’ submission “seriously infringed” on China’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction in the South China Sea.

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SOURCE: www.inquirer.net

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Published June 20, 2024

MANILA, Philippines – Beijing on Tuesday, June 18 (in New York) filed its opposition to the Philippines’ claim of an extended continental shelf (ECS) west of Palawan before the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).

“China has indisputable sovereignty over Nanhai Zhudao and the adjacent waters, and enjoys sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the relevant waters as well as the seabed and subsoil thereof. The above positions held by the Chinese Government are consistent and clear, and are known by the international community, including the Government of the Philippines,” said China in a note verbale sent to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

“Nanhai Zhudao” translates into “the South China Sea Islands,” and covers several island groups in the South China Sea, including those claimed by the Philippines and other countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

China claims a huge part of the South China Sea as its own and rejects a 2016 Arbitral Ruling, which affirmed the extent of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and deemed China’s sweeping claim and invalid.

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SOURCE: www.rappler.com

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