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The Battle of West Philippine Sea

The Battle of West Philippine Sea
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The Battle of West Philippine Sea is already concluded and the UN favors the Philippines.

The Tribunal issued its Award Tuesday, July 12, 2016 after several months of hearings and submission of documents. China was absent throughout the proceedings, refusing to recognize the case. “The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line.’” the statement said. “Having found that none of the features claimed by China was capable of generating an exclusive economic zone, the Tribunal found that it could—without delimiting a boundary—declare that certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China,” it added. BACKSTORY: The heart of the dispute over the West PH Sea The Tribunal also said that China has violated Philippine sovereign rights. “Having found that certain areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, the Tribunal found that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone by (a) interfering with Philippine fishing and petroleum exploration, (b) constructing artificial islands and (c) failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the zone,” the tribunal statement said. “The Tribunal further held that Chinese law enforcement vessels had unlawfully created a serious risk of collision when they physically obstructed Philippine vessels,” it said. The Spratly Islands and its many reefs are being claimed by China under its “nine-dash line” claim that covers nearly the entire South China Sea including parts of the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

As expected by many that China would simply ignore the verdict and probably would still insist that they own the entire South China Sea.  The Philippines did a smart move of putting the case to the UN Tribunal and the act is an eye opener to other countries who have territorial rights too that there is really a  problem in South China Sea, that overlapping nations are becoming anxious and worried on the actions of China in the busy and vast sea.   Now, that the world knows of what is really happening there -- the question is would they make a move?  Or they would just let  the bullied puppy to bark alone to the bully?    With result favors the Philippines, this will might serve as a shout out to other countries who also have the same worries as the Philippines.  Indonisia, Taiwan are now sending ships to their own territory.   Or they can also fight for their rights to the UN Tribunal to end the disputes and to shut down the tension before it becomes fire?  Actually, with the result of the Tribunal favoring the Philippines, whether we stay away from trouble or not --- The U.S. and those countries who are just waiting for the time might probably would spark a fire to the situation that is already covered with gasoline.   That Tribunal verdict is the ticket for the Americans and probably to other countries that they could engage now --- what ever it takes to protect their rights -- and if the Americans are really committed to their allies and if that conflict could not be avoided-- then we could see another Battle of the West Philippine Sea, and that I don't want to happen.

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