When did China occupy West Philippine Sea?
China took control of the reef in 1995, drawing strong protests from the Philippines and other claimant states. About 45 Chinese vessels were in the vicinity of the Philippine-occupied island of Thitu, which Manila calls Pagasa, the officials said.
Does China has the right to claim the West Philippine Sea?
The PRC cannot lawfully assert a maritime claim – including any Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claims derived from Scarborough Reef and the Spratly Islands – vis-a-vis the Philippines in areas that the Tribunal found to be in the Philippines’ EEZ or on its continental shelf.
What is West Philippine Sea known for?
The West Philippine Sea is said to have abundant aquatic and fishery resources, and natural gas fields. It has great potential to be one of the country’s sources of natural gas and cheaper electricity, which could ultimately address energy security concerns of the Philippines.