COUNTRIES’ VIEWPOINTS ON EAST SEA

PCA decision foundation for Philippines to reinforce marine security

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 19:22

Hanoi (VNA) - The July decision made by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) concerning the Philippines’ lawsuit against China’s claims in the East Sea is a foundation for the Philippines to reinforce marine security and protect sea resources via intensifying activities of the coastal guard force.

 

This was the view of Professor Virgina Bacay Watson from the US Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

 

Speaking at an international seminar on the future of maritime activities in Asia after the The Hague’s arbitration ruling in Tokyo, the professor  

said it helped President Rodrigo Duterte launch a new diplomatic approach of increased cooperation with regional countries and reduce tension in relations with China. 

 

The discussion at the seminar focused on far-reaching implications of the July ruling made by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) concerning the Philippines’ lawsuit against China’s claims in the East Sea.

 

They agreed that the ruling creates the foundation for regional cooperation in the East Sea for mutual benefits.

 

The shared viewpoint is that navigation and maritime freedom in the East Sea is in the interest of not only regional countries but also the world as a whole./.