Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021

US, Philippines Call on CCP to Abide by International Law on 5th Anniversary of Landmark South China Sea Ruling

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The United States on July 11 called on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to abide by international law in the South China Sea on the fifth anniversary of a landmark ruling by an arbitration tribunal repudiating China’s vast territorial claims in the region. “Nowhere is the rules-based maritime order under greater threat than in the South China Sea. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to coerce and intimidate Southeast Asian coastal states, threatening freedom of navigation in this critical global throughway,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on July 12. “We call on the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to abide by its obligations under international law, cease its provocative behavior, and take steps to reassure the international community that it is committed to the rules-based maritime order that respects the rights of all countries, big and small.” China—which lays claim to most of the waters within …

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