Taiwan to reject arbitration award if tribunal won’t visit Taiping

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TAIWAN will never accept the upcoming ruling of The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) if it won’t visit the disputed Itu Aba or Taiping Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
“Any aspect of the award that undermines ROC sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands and affects ROC maritime entitlements will not be binding on the ROC,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa), in Taipei, said.
It issued the statement over the PCA’s failure to respond to Taipei’s earlier invitation for it to visit Itu Aba, as the Philippines officially rejected the call.
Noting that “seeing is believing,” Taiwan wanted the five PCA arbitrators and Philippine representatives to personally obtain accurate information about Itu Aba amid Manila’s claim that the territory is a “rock,” not an “island.”

Taiwan to reject arbitration award if tribunal won’t visit Taiping

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