China Presses Construction on West Philippine Sea Despite PCA Ruling

China Presses Construction on West Philippine Sea Despite PCA Ruling

China presses their construction on the West Philippine Sea despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)’s ruling on July 12. While the decision rendered their actions illegal, China continues explicitly to express their opposition against the unfavorable outcome.

Wu Shengli, the commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, says that they will not cease their construction operations on the Nansha Islands (more commonly known as the Spratlys) “no matter what country or person applies pressure.”

In the years leading up to the ruling, China had begun to build militarized artificial islands in these disputed territories and have no intention of backing down now. According to Wu, China knows the Spratlys as “inherent territory” and claims that the developments are well within their bounds. The PCA, however, has made it clear that they have no legal basis and “have violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights on its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf”.

Tension continues to rise as China dismisses reminders from the US, Japan, and Australia on the impact of being in adherent to international laws. Even President Donald Tusk of the European Union has expressed their confidence in the decision of the PCA and that they will continue to “speak out in support of upholding international law”. Wu, however, says that Beijing is not intimidated and that any attempt to have China comply with the PCA’s ruling may only lead to confrontation.

China’s maritime administration announced that beginning Tuesday, they will be hosting military exercises and that entrance to the area was prohibited. They also said that more of these practices should be expected in the future.

After initial talks post-ruling, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. asked if the Filipinos could fish in Scarborough Shoal, the access to which is President Duterte’s top priority. The island has been restricted by Chinese coast guards since 2012 and was again reinforced two days after the court’s decision. Wang, Yasay’s counterpart, said that China could discuss the possibility as long as the conditions did not revolve around the PCA’s ruling.

As of now, the Philippines has opted to “let the dust settle” before continuing with negotiations. Despite continued pressure building up between the two nations, Yasay hopes that a peaceful outcome will prevail.


  1. Malaking gastusin ang military exercise na gagawin ng china. At yung ang magiging weak point nila. Kung magkakaron ng trade embargo ang china s buong members ng UN mauubusan sila ng pondo para sa military exercise nila. Pati ang pag papatrol nga maritime claim nila. Ang pagkukunan na lang ng fund nila ay yung mga businessman nila na nasa ibang bansa sila na puro at may lahing insek ang pasimpleng mag bibigay ng donation sa kanilang lupang tinubuan.blood is thicker than water.. China’s billionaire alibaba owner jack ma, Philippine billionares

  2. Tang ina, pananakop na talaga yan a. Ipatira yan sa UN forces, para madala

  3. Anyway hanggat wlang humuhuli sa instik talagang pag aari na nila yan. Ano magagawa ng pinas di mag abang ng bagong tore de masinloc. Wahahahahaha…. kawawang oh my philippines.

  4. Yaan natin.. pg napagkaisahan na ng buong mundo ang hetotvn chekwa n yan ..
    Ibabalik nila sa atin yan .. may mga libre pang building.

  5. Geyera lang ang solusyon nyan….pero wala tayong sapat na sandata at man power ….

  6. Gerahin na yan at para makita nila na kahit wala tayong baril kya natin sila kahit terador lang abg gamit natin

  7. Boycott China products KAYA kaya

  8. Bago tayo makigyera sa China….paalisin muna mga intsik sa pinas. Yun ay kung kaya.

  9. Gusto talaga ng gyera yang mga puta.

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