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China’s territorial claims in West Philippine Sea mere claims, not rights—DFA exec

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MANILA, Philippines – China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) does not give it the right to the hotly contested territory because they are “just mere claims” and do not adhere to international laws.

“There is a fundamental difference between entitlements and claims under international law,” Assistant Secretary Henry Bensurto Jr. of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-West Philippine Sea Center said during the second Expanded Asean Maritime Forum (EAMF) in Kuala Lumpur Thursday.

“Claims are just mere claims that may not necessarily generate rights unless duly proven in an appropriate forum,” Bensurto said.

Maritime entitlements, as expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), include a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and which are “rights that lawfully demand respect from all State-Parties,” he added.

China claims a large swath of the entire South China Sea including part of the Philippines’ 200 nautical-mile EEZ.

The Philippines has filed for arbitration proceedings before the arbitral tribunal of the International Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague pursuant to the UNCLOS.

China has repeatedly refused to participate in the proceedings, insisting instead on bilateral talks to resolve the territorial dispute.

Fishing ships and maritime surveillance vessels of China continue to move in and out of the Philippines EEZ. Concrete blocks which could be used for the construction of structures were previously sighted off Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag or Scarborough Shoal).

Last year, Chinese fishing vessels were found illegally poaching endemic Philippine marine species in Bajo de Masinloc. A standoff ensued when authorities were prevented from apprehending the fishermen by Chinese ships which blocked them.

“To maintain order and stability in the South China Sea, we need predictability in the way we all behave with each other.  To be predictable means, we need to have certain agreed standards, rules and norms,” Bensurto said.

“These standards, rules and norms in turn must be objective, impartial and non-discriminatory. International law is one objective standard,” he said.

The UNCLOS, recognized as the “Constitution of the oceans,” prescribes the rights, obligations, and maritime entitlements that must be respected by all state-parties to the convention.

Representatives from the DFA, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Ports Authority, NAMRIA, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard, joined the delegation to the Asean Maritime Forum (AMF).

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam were participants in the forum.

The Expanded AMF is composed of all Asean member states, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.


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  • purpledaisy13.

    Parang sinampal ang China sa ganyang makatwirang pahayag. Sa claim ng China wala talagang leagal ground, kahit sa history malabo din sila.

    • hello stupids

      Japan occupied the Paracels and the Spratleys from February 1939 to August 1945.[30]

      In November 1946, the ROC sent naval ships to take control of the islands after the surrender of Japan.[30] It had chosen the largest and perhaps the only inhabitable island, Taiping Island, as its base, and it renamed the island under the name of the naval vessel as Taiping. Also following the defeat of Japan at the end of World War II, the ROC re-claimed the entirety of the Spratly Islands (including Taiping Island) after accepting the Japanese surrender of the islands based on the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations

      • Chihuahua

        In addition, the surrender terms include the return to China all territories illegally seized by Japan including the Diaoyu Islands!

      • hello stupids

        1 at a time and actually there is no value for the island but
        expand the territories and both China and Japanese know about that

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        More UNEDUCATED remarks from the chink piglet who can’t even lie straight even in chinklish. Moron & imbecile! YEEHHHAAAAA!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        china was just a decoration in the defeat ofJapan, in fact the Japs got very good due to their constant practice defeating the chinese in ALL battles even when they were so weak at the ending months of WW2. It’s the U.S. who was the cause of victory & was stabbed in the back by the commies! Your propaganda crap not working outside of china’s censors!

      • getreal911

        This is one thing why majority of pinoys’ knowledge of history is lacking and yet still insisting their ignorance or crying for being bullied. We want to be fair in everything and would be happy if these Spratly islands truly belong to Phil., but an in-dept research and analysis points more to China’s legitimacy. It would be better to trade-in with China an island Phil. is occupying in the Spratlys with the Panatag shoal for in the long term there’s a big chance Phil. will lose those islands in the Spratlys.

      • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

        u can never touch the civilians and military base in spratly since it will create a chaos in the international community if communist china push the filipinos out of spratly by force — communist china will be condemned big time

      • hello stupids

        of course China can push the filipinos out of spratly by force if the Philippines enter the 12 nm of the Sprathy and so what ?

        Stupidsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Hisss all you want, chink UNEDUCATED snake! What a shameless copy-paster of a previous post by others! So stupid & clueless! YAHOOOOOO!

      • RedRose_13

        DAPAT HUWAG NIYONG SAGUTIN ANG COMMENT NITO DAHIL SABI NIYA “STUPIDS DAW TAYO!!!”

        LAST MO NA ITO SA AKIN… MAS LALO KANG STUPID! PERIOD!!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Murahin mo lang at sabihin mong walang pinag-aralan at mabubwisit yan. His name is rejenal pang tiu ki, claims to be in Sydney but we know he lives in a pigsty near Shanghai! Nagpalit ng pangalan na hello stupids ng kinantyawan palagi!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Does the UNEDUCATED chink piglet even understand a portion what he copy-pasted? Can’t post in your own words as even others who speaks chinklish can’t understand you being a moron & retard! YAHHOOOO!!

      • purpledaisy13.

        Japan surrendered to U.S not China. So China has no business to claim those islands. So it is considered stealing from real owner. The philippines. Cairo and Potsdam was signed by Japan and U.S. not for China ignorant.

  • hello stupids

    China’s territorial claims in West Philippine Sea mere claims, not rights ?
    Philippines territories claims in South China sea claim rejected because of no ground no right and no prove !!!

    Japan occupied the Paracels and the Spratleys from February 1939 to August 1945.[30]
    In November 1946, the ROC sent naval ships to take control of the
    islands after the surrender of Japan.[30] It had chosen the largest and
    perhaps the only inhabitable island, Taiping Island, as its base, and it
    renamed the island under the name of the naval vessel as Taiping. Also
    following the defeat of Japan at the end of World War II, the ROC
    re-claimed the entirety of the Spratly Islands (including Taiping
    Island) after accepting the Japanese surrender of the islands based on
    the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations

    Philippines claim last year was rejected bt the Ithlos

    • crazy_horse_101010

      another cut and paste by a uneducated moron who cares comrade you dont have enough brain cells even to cut and paste stupid

      • hello stupids

        U must have more than 10 post like that without any idea
        stupidssssssssssssssssss
        uneducated morons
        hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      • RedRose_13

        STUPID, how do you laugh hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!?

      • hello stupids

        I am laughing at U and your husband
        uneducated morons

      • RedRose_13

        STUPID, how did you know I’m married? you r really STUPID!

      • hello stupids

        that’s is obvious and it mean
        dump azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Dump your arse to the lady? More UNEDUCATED chinklish gibberish from the imbecile chink piglet! YEEHHAAAA!

      • crazy_horse_101010

        thats where and your sons at the dump picking up garbage because you dont have enough brains to do anything else uneduacated moron

      • hello stupids

        crazy horse party on ?
        go home and have yr 3 some with the rose and the DODO
        never see any of U making any comment but get fock
        worrying get caught again
        uneducated morons
        DUMB Azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • crazy_horse_101010

        AGAIN ANOTHER BUNCH OF MONKEY CHATTER ARENT YOU EMBARRASSED BY THE STUPIDITY THAT YOU RIGHT BECAUSE MORON YOU CNT SPEEEEKEEE ENGLISH PERIOD YOU ARE JUST WASTING EVERYONES TIME WITH YOUR PIG CRAP UNEDUCATED FOOL STUPIDSSSSSSSSASSSSSSSSASSSS

      • RedRose_13

        your STUPIDITY is more obvious
        dumb assssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Rose, Murahin mo lang at sabihin mong walang pinag-aralan at bwisit na bwisit yan dahil akala matalino siya! Regards!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        UNEDUCATED conclusion from the chink piglet again! She could be single but your being a brainless retard, does not figure it out. YEEHHAAAA!!

      • crazy_horse_101010

        cant even understand you idiotic uneducated pig crap commie . you wouldnt know how to read them anyway retard reject pang

    • Meow Ming

      “First, in 1947, the world did not react to the map of the South China
      Sea with the eleven-dash line because the world ignored that map. That
      map carried as much legal weight as the traditional Chinese political
      thought which said that the world (All-under-heaven) is under the
      authority of Chinese emperors. Can China argue that the world had accept
      China’s sovereignty over the world because nobody protested when the
      Chinese emperors declared that the world is under their authority ?”

      http://www . eurasiareview . com/24052012-refuting-chinas-ninedash-claim-oped/

      • hello stupids

        dead argue….hahahaha

        it is not about the maps stupids

        it is the claim and the law based on
        the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations

        STUPIDSssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        “Dead argue”, you’ve been using that, what exactly does it mean as you are so UNEDUCATED even the chinklish is hard to dechiper! Ignorant, imbecile chink piglet! YEEHHAAAAAA!

      • upupperclassman

        The only word you know is uneducated. You must be referring to yourself.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Coming to help your chinklish spewing comrade? The lowlowerclasspig tries to deflect & help their arsefocked toy! LOL!!

    • Lopez_Chaena

      Cairo and Potsdam Declarations does not include the Spratlys, do not over extend its scope.

      • hello stupids

        who is talking?
        Do U know what is Cairo and Potsdam Declarations ?

        which country have the administration of the Sprathy
        C’MON
        stupidsssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Cairo forwarded the declaration that you are a stupid UNEDUCATED sonovabitch, In Potsdam, it was affirmed! YAHHOOOOO!

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Trying to display his UNEDUCATED inaneness with his copy-paste of a chest-thumping news propaganda crap. Not worth commenting on as the poster is an imbecile chink pig! YAHHOOOOO!!

  • PurpleDaisy13

    DFA can go back to sleep.

    Come back when the International Permanent Court of Arbitration has finally decided to proceed or deny your complaint scheduled for next year.

    • hello stupids

      They might not have to do anything If Philippines cannot files the case again it is all over

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Ask Dizzy to check your chinklish lie again before posting so your being an UNEDUCATED moron is not too obvious, chink piglet! YEEHHAAAAA!

  • PrudenceConnor

    The Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard should document all damages, and harvests done by China, so the Philippines can file for claims after the decision has been made.

    To all our kakabayans, sa lahat ng mga Filipino (trueblooded). Huwag tayong mag-paapi sa mga tsikwa (Taiwanese at Chinese) dito sa bansa natin. Maaring sila na ang naka-position ngayon sa mga negosyo. Huwag natin hayaan baboyin ang ating bansa, kagaya ng tsikwang si Janet LIM (instsik) Napoles. Tangkilikin sana natin ang negosyo ng purong Pinoy. Huwag mga negosyanteng tsikwa, na may fraternity pa upang ganap na pag-tulongtulongan tayo mga Pinoy…huwag tangkilikin mga tsikwang nag-artista at mga nasa politika (kagaya ng mga Tan sa Samar). Kung kayo ay namimili sa mga tsikwa business, siguraduhin humingi ng official receipt, kasi marami sa mga iyan ang hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis.

    • hello stupids

      Philippines will be file the damage of the shoal by dumping the ship there
      stupidssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Watch your chinklish, your being UNEDUCATED is so apparent, “will be file damage” that chinklish is enough for our judgement that you are an ignorant chink piglet YEEEHHHAAAA!!

  • jun2012

    pag U.S. maingay sila Mang Atong ng Bayan Muna at ang mga militanteng ka-grupo nila, pag China naka-zipper ang kanilang mga bibig. bakit kaya?

    • RedRose_13

      Di mo ma-gets??? Kapag nag-ingay sila mawawalan sila ng bayad, di ba ang tunay na pangalan nila ay BAYAD MUNA!!! LOL!!!

  • kulas2

    Fruit of the Loom made in USA at Wal-mart. China’s economy going down more.

    • hello stupids

      USA is going busted………………C’MON
      is that all U can see All U can worship
      the US is in deep sh!t
      China is booming
      stupidsssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        The finger for you! You’re so UNEDUCATED, you can’t make a rational conclusion, only a raft of lies, so lay off the pretensions, you ignorant chink piglet! YEEEHHAAAAA!

      • hello stupids

        dodo talking again…YEEEHHAAAAA!

        Everybody knows about it except U
        .stupidsssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        So UNEDUCATED your everybody is you, chinklish garbled speaker can’t even spell a short word like “you”! Where do you find the thick face to pretend (copy?)? Moron piglet! YAHHOOOO!!

  • kulas2

    Zero Growth Rate:

    “The below graph reflects the recent decline in construction in China, as well as the boom and bust cycles in China’s past. While construction growth rates remained strong from 2000 to 2007, and had rebounded post-2008 crisis, construction growth rates have once again bottomed out at a 0% growth rate over the prior year.”

    • hello stupids

      negative grow rate for the Philippines last years
      China is still booming
      stupidssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Chinklish UNEDUCATED blabber, so stupid think he’s rich with his documented $12.00/p.a. income. Can’t expect more from a chink piglet! YAHOOOOO!!

  • bugoybanggers

    Sure, Philippines will give up this west Philippines sea island including Spratly, why? People now where focusing their attention against PDAF. All money to fund any defense project will not be release for suspicions. So what do you think? It’s already a dead case! Ask the protesters if they are concern to fund military modernization for our external defense, their answer will be BIG NO! So okay, CHINA you win! Very dissapointing, Filipinos are good in complaining and talking..blahblahblah.. Same issue, we will expect that to go for more years..and the result? nothing will happen!

    • daniboy2012

      very sad but its true!!!!

  • daniboy2012

    The only thing I like about China…they know how to deal with corrupt gov’t officials and criminals ..not like pelepenos…they make them heroes in their movies!!!

    • RedRose_13

      tanginamo!!!! igalang mo mang lang ang pangalan ng lahi mo!!! tanginamo uli!!!

      • Bulakenyo Ako

        Hayaan mo na iyan. Bakit wala bang mga korap sa Tsina? Komunismo pa. Mga patago lang mga iyon.

  • Lopez_Chaena

    If only Deng and his principles prevailed in the heart of chinese foreign policies, Deng would never allow china to be on the dark side. The pioneer of modern china is set aside and replaced with old fashion ideals such as greed and arrogance. The same old fashion ideals that sunk china during the dark days of the Opium Wars.

    • hello stupids

      U should go back to school and upgrade yr knowledge

      1 China form after the opium war

      2 China claim the South China Sea since 1946 and is indisputable

      Philippines will pay the prize for the greed
      stupidsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Lopez_Chaena

        China should lay the foundation of its claim and not keep on chanting the word “indisputable”. For we all know that their claim is so weak that it will not hold water in any courts whenever and wherever. It plainly shows that they do not know the meaning of phrase “indisputable claim”. For if they have an “indisputable claim” as they say, they would be open to challenge all in any forum. But instead, they scamper in horror at UN intervention or any binding multilateral approach to resolve the issue. What china has is a dead hand and their only hope is to bluff using arrogance, fear and intimidation.

      • hello stupids

        indisputable means china have both the claim and administration right and recognition of the world
        stupidssssssssssssssss
        look at your latest news Philippines dispute on the nine dash line not the islands anymore but at the moment Philippines cannot files the case after the claim last year was rejected by Ithlos
        where is the dispute if thet can’t file the case?
        stupidsssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        One more twitch from the UINEDUCATED chink pig! In garbled chinklish no less, who can make head or tails of what this idiot means? YAAHHOOOOO!

      • Lopez_Chaena

        “Indisputable” is not in the remotest sense related in meaning to claim, administrative rights and recognition. For a chinese “the world” means china, so when he says “recognition of the world” he means that it is recognized by all provinces of china, except of course Tibet. Only 1 country recognizes the 9 arse line and that is china.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        You should just comment in chinese as it’s the only hope for you to argue china’s case. You further your UNEDUCATED notoriety by the copy-paste of sentences you don’t understand & the chinklish makes it even murkier! Pitiful chink piglet! YAAAHHHOOOO!



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