In the first place, China hasn't officially 'communicated' the 10-dash line to the international community, a maritime law expert tells Rappler
Dismissed by the Philippines as a mere “drawing,” China's 10-dash line map will not affect the historic case filed by Manila against Beijing even if it involves a 9-dash line, the Philippine government said.
To begin with,
In an e-mail to Rappler, Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose pointed out that the Philippines, in its arbitration case, is “seeking a clarification on the maritime entitlements of coastal states” based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Jose said if the tribunal rules in the
The DFA spokesman issued this statement after
The map lengthens the usual 9-dash line that
Not 'officially communicated'
Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, added that the 10-dash line map “doesn't carry that much weight.” The 10th dash near
When asked if
He referred to
“That is the one that has been officially communicated to the international community,” he said of this 2009 document, as he compared the 10-dash line map to a primer or brochure.
In its case against China before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Philippines requests an award that “declares that China's maritime claims in the South China Sea based on its so-called '9-dash line' are contrary to UNCLOS and invalid.”
'It's the actions, not the line'
Batongbacal added, “Merely drawing a line does not, by itself, mean anything. It's all the actions that accompany that line, not the line itself.” (READ: PH on China: Judge us by actions, not words)
“So you can call
Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr on Thursday, June 26, dismissed
He pointed out that it even used to be an 11-dash line during the time of Chiang Kai-shek, who headed
“To put it simply, they've just been drawing all those. All those drawings have been superseded by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Coloma said in Filipino.