Japan has reiterated its strong opposition on unilateral actions that changes the status quo in West Philippine Sea. China has created fake islands in Kalayaan (Spratly) Group of Islands.
“At the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which I hosted last month in Hiroshima, my home town, the importance of maintaining maritime order based on the principles of international law was reaffirmed, and strong opposition to attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the South China Sea was demonstrated,” Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida told an audience at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand May 2.
“We must establish a regional order whereby the principle of the “rule of law” is truly upheld and practiced. From this perspective, I would like to renew my call for the early conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC),” he added.
Kishida also highlighted three principles of the Rule of Law at Sea: (1) states shall make and clarify their claims based on international law, (2) states shall not use force or coercion in trying to drive their claims and (3) states shall seek to settle disputes by peaceful means.
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