Vietnam: Proof that "arbitral victory" is a colossal sham (First of 2 parts)
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There is incontrovertible proof that what the Yellows claim as the country's "victory" in the compulsory arbitration the Aquino regime brought against China in 2013 is fraudulent: Vietnam claims the Spratlys (Truong Sa to them, Kalayaan Island Group to us) as their sovereign territory, as much as does China (Nansha Qundao). If, for argument's sake, the arbitral panel ruled illegal China's sovereignty in the Spratlys and ordered it to vacate the seven reefs it occupies, on which it built artificial islands, the Philippines still won't be able to get these. It will have to contend with a fiercer claimant: Vietnam, which claims as much as China does and with as much intense nationalist fervor as the Chinese do. A very rough analogy would be if an Atty. A convinced you to file a suit against Mr. C to declare him as having no legitimate claim to a land you claim to own. You win the suit, pay huge attorney's fees, but then you later find out that a Mr. V also has claim, a bigger one, on it. And worse, Atty. A was actually working for Mr. V. You were scammed.
Tiglao, R. D. (2021, July 12). Vietnam: Proof that "arbitral victory" is a colossal sham (First of 2 parts). The Manila Times, pp. A1, A12.
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Law of the sea; International law; Disputes; Territorial waters; Artificial islands; Military operations; Exclusive economic zone; United Nations (UN); China National Offshore Oil Corp.; First Pacific Co. Ltd.; Carpio, Antonio; Obama, Barack; del Rosario, Albert; Razon, Enrique; Ongpin, Roberto; Hilbay, Florin; Duterte, Rodrigo
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