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China has no authority to prevent PH from holding exercises in WPS: Lorenzana
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Apr 28 2021 04:02 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/28/21/philippines-new-diplomatic-protest-china-sovereignty-remark

MANILA - China has "no authority or legal basis to prevent" the Philippines from conducting maritime exercises in the West Philippine Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday.

"Atin yan (That's ours). Their claims, according to their so-called historical rights, have no basis, while we have 2 international documents saying the area is ours: the (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) of which China is a signatory, and the Arbitral award of 2016," Lorenzana said in reaction to the reiteration last Monday by China of its claim of sovereignty over some features in the West Philippine Sea.

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