The Hague on Tuesday announced its ruling on the arbitration case filed by the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea dispute vs China.
A panel of judges at the Permanent Court of Arbitration hand down its ruling in favor of the Philippines.
The award issued on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 concluded that there was no legal basis on China’s historical 9-dash line claim.
“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.
The international law judges from several countries who issued the ruling where; Thomas Mensah (Ghana), Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Stanislaw Pawlak (Poland), Alfred Soons (The Netherlands), and Rüdiger Wolfrum (Germany).
China reiterates its “historic rights” over the West Philippine Sea which has been a vital trade route for cargo shipments in Asia as well as believe to be rich in natural gas and mineral resources.
Philippines submitted its case in January 2013 to the UN Arbitral Tribunal after it got into a sea brawl with Chinese Navy Ships at the Scarborough shoal in April 2012.
The Philippine government releases its statement following the ruling, saying that it “strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing disputes in the South China Sea.”