The Philippines has announced that it will ignore China’s new amended maritime law. According to Beijing’s amended maritime law, foreign vessels sailing in the South China Sea must report their information to Chinese authorities. The country’s National Defense Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, made the statement at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Philippines’ Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States, according to ANI.
During the event, Delfin Lorenzana said that “they do not respect these laws of the Chinese in the Western Philippine Sea”, quoted the ANI. Al Jazeera report. Lorenzana added that they have a sovereign right over the water and will not recognize the amended law introduced by the Chinese authorities. Earlier this month, China imposed a maritime traffic security law that requires all foreign vessels entering Chinese territorial waters to notify maritime authorities. To enter Chinese territorial waters, foreign vessels must have the relevant permits, which they must submit to the command in Beijing. Geopolitical experts believe that the new law imposed by China will likely create conflict in the South China Sea.
Philippines vows to ignore Chinese maritime law
Earlier on Friday, September 10, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana met with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Washington DC. To mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty, the secretaries pledged to support “the security, stability and prosperity of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Austin said the US treaty commitments extend to Philippine armed forces, government vessels or aircraft in the South China Sea. The secretaries affirmed the enduring nature of the U.S.-Philippine alliance and their shared commitment to building an even stronger foundation for future alliance cooperation, the U.S. Department of Defense press release said.
It should be mentioned that China imposed a maritime traffic security law on September 1, which will now require all foreign vessels entering Chinese territorial waters to notify maritime authorities, hold relevant permits and submit to the command. and supervision from Beijing, according to the ANI. China’s Maritime Safety Administration said the new reporting requirement would apply to all submersibles, nuclear ships and ships carrying radioactive or harmful substances, as well as any foreign ships deemed “endangering the safety China’s maritime traffic”. reports should include vessel name, call sign, current position, next port of call, estimated course and speed, nature of cargo and cargo capacity.