Indonesia rejects China’s claims in the South China Sea; says not bound by claims contravening international law

30-May-2020 Intellasia | Wionews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Indonesia has rejected Chinese claims in the South China Sea in a letter written by Indonesia’s permanent mission to the United Nation to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the sea of the body.

The letter as seen by WION said, “Indonesia reiterates that the nine-dash line map implying historic rights claim lacks international legal basis and is tantamount to upset UNCLOS 1982″.

Nine dash line is Chinese claim in the South China sea and nearly encompasses the entire area include the disputed islands of Paracel and Spratly. Earlier this year, China approved the establishment of 2 districts to administer disputed Paracel & Spratly island in the South China Sea, in an attempt to affirm sovereignty over the area.

The Letter by the Indonesian permanent mission reminded that Chinese claims are in contravention to international law and said that “view has been confirmed by Award of 12 July 2016 by the tribunal that any historic rights that the People’s republic of China may have had to the living and non-living resources were superseded by the limits of the maritime zones provided for by UNCLOS 1982″

The 2016 cases of Philippines v. China or the South China Sea Arbitration, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague had ruled that in favour of Philippines and said China has no historic right to the area based on the “nine-dash line”.

Since Jakarta is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982) or Laws of the Seas, which is internationally agreed governance system for the sea, the letter called for “full compliance towards international law” and the country “not being bound by any claims made in contravention to international law including UNCLOS 1982″.

While this is not for the first time Indonesia has said so, but the letter sent on 26th May to UN come at a time when China in letters to UN has protested against Malaysia, Philipines and against both Malaysia and Vietnam submissions by the Asean countries on the continental shelf.


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