Taiwan rejects ruling on South China Sea island of Itu Aba

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Taiwanese military plane shows the view of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, at the South China Sea, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Taiwanese military plane shows the view of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, at the South China Sea, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

Taiwan said Tuesday it does not accept a tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea, saying the decision on Itu Aba (Taiping Island–this blogger’s note), Taipei’s sole holding in the disputed Spratly Islands, had “seriously impaired” its territorial rights.

The arbitration court in The Hague ruled that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea and that it has breached the sovereign rights of the Philippines with its actions there, infuriating a defiant Beijing.

Taiwan, formally known as the “Republic of China”, is also a claimant in the South China Sea. The maps China bases its South China Sea claims on date to when Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists ruled China before they fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war to Mao Zedong’s Communists.

Manila had challenged the legality of China’s claims to virtually the entire South China Sea, in part by arguing that no reefs, atolls or islets in the Spratly archipelago can legally be considered an island, and therefore hold no rights to a 200 nautical mile (370 km) exclusive economic zone.

Itu Aba is the biggest feature in the Spratlys and the one some analysts believed had the strongest claim to island status and an economic zone. The Spratlys are also claimed by China, Vietnam and Malaysia while Brunei claims nearby waters.


5 Comments on “Taiwan rejects ruling on South China Sea island of Itu Aba”

  1. Simon says:

    The hague court has shown itself as an American lackey. Proceeding with a ruling without the necssary participant is illegal and shows its contempt. This is not an arbitartion. They ruled a case accepting entirely the word of the accuser without taking evidence from a defendence. They ruled based on “their understanding” of the history of China’s claim without historical knowledge of China. The Chinese discovered and settled and ecponmise SCS and its islands for thousands of years. The Hague court white washes Western powers imperialism when they invaded neighbouring countries in East and South Asia including China and along with it took Chinese territories in SCS and ECS.


  2. Fre Okin says:

    Now actually Tsai show grow some balls if possible and Team Up with China to file a counter lawsuit against other claimants Squatting in the Spratlys. Why should Taiwanese Give Away such vast resources in the SCS? Rightfully, China and Taiwan have more basis to claim the Spratlys than VN, PH, Malaysia etc.

    If this Tsai actually look out for Taiwanese instead of playing politics, Taiwan will become much much richer and with China, she can harvest the oil/gas and fisheries around much of the disputed islands,shoals, reefs in the Spratlys.

    PH, VN, Malaysia are all latecomers and are squatters there. VN lost her validity since she decimated the Chams people, some of whom fled to Hainan island, so she is just a squatter there now. PH never have the Spratlys to begin with until her thief chinknoy Tomas Cloma with PH nationalists schemed to steal the Spratlys.

    Taiwan ROC have all evidence in the Taiwanese embassy in Manila back in the fifties to prove Taiwan ROC have always have first claim to the Spratlys. It is only the China Taiwan civil war that cause Taiwanese to lose sight of the Spratlys and US allow PH to steal Thitu and other islands while Taiwan manage to get only Itu Aba. Taiwan ROC should have ALL of Nansha islands, not just one island now.

    Action, not just talk, Useless Taiwanese!


  3. Fre Okin says:

    Actually this is a political verdict,especially since the PCA have no legal basis to decide on the Nine Dash Line. This is because this can only be a Class Action lawsuit by All the affected parties, namely Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, anybody adjacent to the South China Sea.

    By allowing PH lawsuit against the Nine Dash Line to go forward, the PCA judges effectively Damage their own institution. This is not a loss for China, but a loss for the reputation of the PCA institution. They cannot explain why they allow the Nine Dash Line lawsuit to go forward while they throw out about half of the PH initial 15 charges against China. Smells like an intense arm twisting to get them to take up the case And to add insult to injury, they never even mention anything against the Squatters in the Spratlys, namely Vietnam, occupying half, PH about as much, and Malaysia as well. Does any fair minded people think this verdict against China is a fair and just verdict? This is a day of infamy in maritime law, forever discrediting the PCA institution!


    • Fu Man-Chu says:

      Correct. A joke of a ruling. By that right, all lands colonized by American and European powers are invalid. Diego Garcia should be returned to the original native inhabitants and reparations paid by the U.S.. Similarly, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Hawaii, Gibralta, the Nicobar islands, Andaman islands, Okinawa, Jeju, Western Somoa, New Caledonia, West Indies, etc… should be vacated and returned to the original natives. If nothing is done, Beijing and China should ignore the “ruling”. These colonial powers – present or ex – displayed disdain for international law. Beijing and China should do likewise. Bugger the “international” courts and institutions. They are all rigged and hypocritical. And the biggest violator of international law now is America. Take heart and take courage Beijing and China. Living by the truth is not always easy. Strength and honour!