Forum discusses legal – political impacts of PCA’s ruling
Legal and political impacts of The Hague tribunal’s ruling on the East Sea dispute on Indonesia and the US were discussed at an open forum in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta on September 6. 



China illegally builds on Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) reef in Truong Sa archipelago (Source: EPA)



The event, organised by the Habibi Centre of Indonesia and the US Embassy in the country, drew crowds of delegates, experts and representatives from foreign embassies in Jakarta.

The event also considered the impacts of the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the relationships among nations in the region.

Addressing the event, Aaron Jensen from the US Embassy expressed his wish that concerned parties will follow the verdict of the PCA, international law and avoid complicating the situation and militarising in disputed islands. 

He called on concerned nations to ensure maritime freedom and security in the East Sea, saying that this is the world’s most crucial marine route. 

Meanwhile, participants reaffirmed that China has no legal basis to claim its maritime sovereignty over 80 percent of the East Sea with the so-called nine-dot line, saying that the country locates the furthest from the waters it claimed in comparison with other related nations. 

They also called on concerned parties to respect the PCA’s ruling and ASEAN nations to further unite to achieve common goals.

VNA

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