MANILA — China’s new law which reiterates their rights and jurisdiction over the contested waters and gives the military the authority to stop incursions into self-declared maritime territories was opposed by the Philippines in a statement made yesterday.
“China is rushing to have total control over these areas for the much-needed semblance of ownership before the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea is finally passed,” Security and defense analyst Rommel Banlaoi said.
He added that China’s move aims to strengthen its claim over the West Philippine Sea.
Banlaoi also said that China may be able to challenge the Philippines’ and the other states’ claim in the disputed territories by using the principle of permanent presence.
China’s full de facto control over these seas may challenge other claimants’ contention invoking the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The Philippines’ air and maritime monitoring was then enhanced in order to track China’s reclamation activities on areas like Calderon (Cuarteron), Gaven and Mabini (South Johnson) reefs.
All of which are claimed by the Philippines to be located within the country’s 200-nautical mile EEZ.
DFA has also filed diplomatic protests against China describing their activities to on the reefs as alarming.
China, however simply dismissed the protests criticizing it for its lack of basis.