The Philippines rejected Malaysia’s petition to extend the limits of its continental shelf in the South China Sea, citing a ruling of UNCLOS that invalidated China’s extensive maritime claims in the disputed waters.
The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations said the area covered by Malaysia’s submission covers features within the Kalayaan Island Group over which the Philippines has sovereignty.
The letter was in response in December 2019 submission by Malaysia to the UN that seeks to extend the limits of its continental shelf in the disputed sea.
Recalling the Philippine Mission’s Note Verbale No. 000819 dated August 2009 with regard to the Joint Submission by Malaysia and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the South China Sea, the area of the Malaysian submission dated 12 December 2019 covers features within the Kalayaan Island Group over which the Republic of the Philippines has sovereignty. The area also overlaps with the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of the Republic of the Philippines is measured, and over which the Government of the Republic of the Philippines intends to make a submission at a future time.
China also accused Malaysia of infringing China’s sovereign rights in the south china sea and Beijing urged UNCLOS not to acknowledge Malaysia’s submission.
The Philippines also dismissed China’s position to Malaysia’s petition, saying it is inconsistent with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that designates maritime rights to member states.
Moreover, the Malaysian submission is extended from portions of North Borneo over which the Republic of the Philippines has never surrendered its sovereignty.