UK, FRANCE, GERMANY SAY CHINA’S CLAIMS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA VIOLATE LAW, UNCLOS
France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have informed the United Nations of their rejection of China’s “historic rights” in the South China Sea.
In a note verbale filed by the permanent mission of the UK before the UN in New York, the European states referred to the arbitral ruling in 2016 which upheld the Philippines’ claims based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“France, Germany and the United Kingdom also highlight that claims with regard to the exercise of ‘historic rights’ over the South China Sea waters do not comply with international law and UNCLOS provisions and recall that the arbitral award in the Philippines v. China case dating to 12 July 2016 clearly confirms this point,” the note verbale said.
The note was filed on Wednesday in New York (Thursday in Manila).
The UK mission asked the UN to circulate the note verbale “to all States Parties to UNCLOS and all Member States of the United Nations.”