China accuses Philippines of violating international law with South China Sea submission

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Lin Jian

17th June 2024 – (Beijing) China has criticised the Philippines for its unilateral submission on the extent of its undersea shelf in the South China Sea, stating that it infringes on China’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lin Jian condemned the move as a violation of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and a breach of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

During a regular press briefing, Lin responded to the statement released by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on 15th June, which announced that the Philippines had submitted information to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. The submission sought to establish the exclusive right to exploit resources in the South China Sea.

China acknowledged the development and expressed the need for more information regarding the submission. Lin emphasised that there are territorial issues and disputes over maritime delimitation between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

According to the spokesperson, the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf has specific rules of procedure. It will not consider or qualify the Philippines’ submission if it involves the delimitation of disputed waters.

The South China Sea has long been a contentious region, with overlapping territorial claims between China and several Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines. Disputes over maritime boundaries and resource exploitation have fueled tensions in the area for years.