Since July 12, groups of Vietnamese citizens would show up in front of the Philippine Embassy in Vietnam to show their support for the Philippines regarding the recent UN ruling.

They would conduct a friendly rally with supportive placards with slogans that read “Thank you Philippines, you have a brave government”.

Vietnam was one of the countries that welcomed the final ruling issued by an international tribunal in The Hague. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea (East Sea) was rejected.

Vietnamese thanks the Philippines, lauds brave government

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson, Lê Hải Bình, said that Vietnam would issue a more comprehensive statement regarding the content of the ruling.

“Việt Nam once again confirmed its consistent stance on this lawsuit, which was fully reflected in the Statement dated December 12, 2014 that Việt Nam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal,” he said.

Bình also stressed that Vietnam strongly supports the resolution of the disputes by peaceful means such as diplomatic and legal processes, and refraining from the use of threats to use force, in accordance with international law.

However, he reiterated that his country continues to assert its sovereignty over the two archipelagos of Paracels and Spratly islands, over the internal and territorial waters.

Meanwhile, the arbitral tribunal under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) resolved that China has no legal basis to its historic rights claims to resources in the sea areas within the ‘nine-dash’ line.

There was also no evidence that China has ever exercised exclusive control over the South China Sea waters or their resources, according to the tribunal of maritime affairs experts.

The tribunal also asserted that China has infringed international law when it “violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone” and by failing to stop Chinese fishermen from harvesting endangered sea turtles and other species “on a substantial scale.” | ASCS - FNPH

Source: The Maharlikan

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