Geneva workshop statement welcomes tribunal’s East Sea ruling


A workshop on the East Sea issue held in Geneva, Switzerland on December 6 issued a statement welcoming the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague on the Philippines’s lawsuit against China’s claims in the waters.

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A photo taken by the US’s spy planes in the East Sea (Source: WSJ)

The statement said the final and binding ruling of the PCA in July this year in accordance with Appendix VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) opened up a chance to solve relevant disputes and boost cooperation conducive to environmental protection and sustainable development in the waters.

It also highlighted the importance of ensuring the freedom of navigation and aviation in line with international law in the East Sea for not only regional countries but also the international community as a whole.

The statement urged the acceleration of diplomatic and legal processes to address sovereignty disputes in the East Sea, while emphasising the role of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between China and ASEAN in maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea.