New China map self-serving: Palace


Posted at Jun 27 2014 01:15 PM | Updated as of Jun 27 2014 11:52 PM

MANILA - A Palace spokesman criticized as "self-serving" a new map published by China that shows its claim over the South China Sea including parts of the West Philippine Sea.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said China's new map does not help its claim over the disputed waters.

"Even if China adds another dash to its 10-dash line, it does not make its claim any stronger. The map is self-serving and the international community does not recognize its claim," he said.

Foreign Affairs Spokesman Charles Jose earlier said the publication of the new map only shows China's "unreasonably expansive claim" of territories in the South China Sea that is contrary to international law.

"We should take note that no other country recognizes previously China's nine-dash claim. Publishing a new map does not make the territories that they claim theirs," he said in an ANC interview.

"It is precisely such ambitious expansionism that is causing tensions in the South China Sea," he added.

Jose said the Philippine government has already protested China's moves to create artificial islands and other reclamation moves in the disputed territories.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said the Philippines stands by its position that maritime disputes should be resolved peacefully and diplomatically.

"There is need for an immediate moratorium on building and similar activities in the disputed areas. It is also imperative for ASEAN to flesh out a Code of Conduct for addressing conflicting claims to maritime entitlements. We are pursuing our arbitration initiative at the arbitral tribunal in order to secure a definitive ruling on the proper interpretation of the UN convention on the law of the sea which was drawn up and signed to ensure global peace and stability," he said.