In its compulsory arbitration proceedings with respect to its disputes with China in the South China Sea, the Philippines has accused China of interfering in the Philippines exercising sovereignty and jurisdiction in its territorial waters. The Philippines claims that the region extending 200 nautical miles from its coast, except the 12-nautical miles of high-tide land, is its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
The unilateral arbitration case forcibly pushed forward by the Philippines is a provocation against China under a legal cloak. Essentially, it is not aimed at resolving the country's territorial disputes with China, but a naked attempt to repudiate China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea.
The Philippines has initiated arbitration proceedings on the South China Sea through the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration. Its No.1 and No.2 arbitration requests are to let the court rule that China's historical rights in the "nine-dash line" area of the South China Sea are against the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was concluded in 1982, so as to deny the legality of China's interests.
A total of 129 out of 249 Myanmar fishermen, who had served their prison terms in India after being detained for illegally entering that country's territorial waters, have been released and brought back home.