DFA: China has no right to claim Ayungin shoal

Posted at May 23 2013 02:58 PM | Updated as of May 23 2013 10:58 PM

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) asserts China has no right to claim the Ayungin shoal as it is located just 105 nautical miles from Palawan which is well within the 200-nautical mile Philippine Continental Shelf.

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez says only the Philippines has sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the continental shelf and this is guaranteed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

ANC Dateline Philippines, May 23, 2013