Vietnamese: “Thank you Philippines, you have a brave government”
A group of Vietnamese citizens showed up in front of the Philippine embassy in Vietnam showing their support for the Philippines.
Since July 12, the Philippine embassy in Vietnam has reported that Vietnamese citizens in groups would come to the Philippine embassy and then would conduct a friendly rally to support the recent UN court ruling favoring the Philippines.
“After nanalo ng Pilipinas sa arbitration, Vietnamese citizens would come in front of the embassy dala-dala ang mga supportive placards and slogans nila as a way na suportahan ang Pilipinas”, said by a Filipino consulate official.
Vietnam has welcomed the final ruling issued by an international tribunal in The Hague, which rejected China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea (East Sea).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson, Lê Hải Bình, said in a statement that Việt Nam would issue a more detailed statement on the content of the ruling later.
“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 reiterated that “Việt Nam strongly supports the resolution of the disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means, including diplomatic and legal processes and refraining from the use or threats to use force, in accordance with international law.”
The arbitral tribunal under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) yesterday concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas enclosed by the “nine-dash” line.
There was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the South China Sea (East Sea) waters or their resources, said the five-member tribunal of maritime affairs experts at The Hague as they issued the ruling over the case filed by the Philippines to contest China’s claims and activity in the South China Sea.
“None of the Spratly Islands are capable of generating extended maritime zones,” and that “none of the features claimed by China were capable of generating an exclusive economic zone,” the ruling said.
The tribunal also said that China had contravened international law when it “violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone” and by failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from harvesting endangered sea turtles and other species “on a substantial scale.”