This statement was confirmed during a phone call between US Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Philippine counterpart Hermogenes Esperon.
“National Security Advisors welcome the 70th anniversary of the Joint Defense Treaty and discuss opportunities to consolidate the US-Philippines alliance”National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement about the phone call.
According to Ms. Horne, Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed the Biden administration’s recognition that the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is final and binding on all side.
In July 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal issued a ruling rejecting China’s claim to “historic rights” over the waters within the “main line”, asserting that it is contrary to the United Nations Convention. on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS). China has no historic sovereignty in the South China Sea and has no legal basis to make claims about “historic rights” over resources in the “nine dash line”.
However, Beijing protested and refused to comply with this ruling, continuing to increase acts of aggression and illegal accretion of entities in the South China Sea.
During his first weeks in power, President Biden signaled he would continue his predecessor’s tough policy toward China, including increasing maritime operations in the Indian Ocean region- Pacific.
Most recently, the US Navy sent the destroyer USS Russell to enforce freedom of navigation near Chinese artificial islands of illegally accretion in the Spratlys, challenging Beijing’s illegal sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
“This freedom of navigation upholds the rights, freedoms, and the lawful use of the South China Sea recognized in international law, through the challenge of illegal restrictions imposed by China. put against the right to travel harmless ”, US 7th Fleet spokesman Joe Keiley stressed.
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