China map has no geographic coordinates, moveable—DFA | Global News
Close  

China map has no geographic coordinates, moveable—DFA

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 05:18 PM June 26, 2014

China’s new map showing their “10-dash line” claim in the South China Sea does not have specific “geographic coordinates” and is “moveable” unlike the previous maritime boundary agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia.

MANILA, Philippines—The maritime claims of China in the South China Sea has no “geographical coordinates” and is “moveable” unlike the previous boundary agreement between Indonesia and the Philippines.

“China has never clarified its nine-dash line claims. What does it mean? Is it a claim to the waters or a claim to the land features?” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose said in a press conference Thursday when asked about the difference between China’s new map and the Indonesia-Philippines maritime boundary delimitation agreement.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The nine-dash line is moveable; there are no geographical coordinates,” he said.

The Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Boundary agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia was signed last May 24, 2014 and indicates eight geographic coordinates in the Celebes Sea and Mindanao Sea to clearly mark the boundaries of both countries.

FEATURED STORIES

A map was jointly published by Indonesia and Philippines clearly indicating in straight lines the boundary of the EEZ of both countries. It was also signed by both countries.

The agreement, which took two decades of negotiations between both countries, was regarded as a “model” for settling maritime border disputes by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

China’s new map, which shows ten dash lines in a curved U-shape in the South China Sea and no geographic points, is regarded by Malacañang as just a “drawing” and that it does not have any bearing.

“No country in the world recognizes the nine-dash line claim of China,” Jose said.

The claim has also been previously challenged by Philippines before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos) by filing an arbitration case. China has refused to participate in the proceedings and insists on bilateral talks citing their “indisputable sovereignty.”

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea including large portions of the Philippines 200 nautical mile EEZ citing “historical facts.”

 
RELATED STORIES

ADVERTISEMENT

China publishes new map

PH frowns on new China map

Subscribe to our global nation newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: China map, Department of Foreign Affairs, Features, Global Nation, South China Sea, West China Sea
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our global news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.