Five Powerful Countries Express Support for the Philippines Over Ayungin
Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and Canada have all slammed China and expressed support for the Philippines after China harassed Philippine vessels by bombarding them with powerful water cannons as they tried to resupply the Philippine outpost in Ayungin Shoal this month
In a tweet on Novemer 21, Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter MacArthur threw shade on China, saying “Recent provocative actions taken against Philippines are inconsistent with obligations of all countries under international law.”
French Ambassador Michele Boccoz and German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel also sided with the Philippines, expressing serious concern while describing China’s acts as dangerous.
Japan also added it weight to the Philippines’ growing list of allies in the West Philippine Sea, and issued a strong statement through its Embassy in the Philippines. “Japan strongly opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas,” it wrote. It also called on all countries to recognize the Philippine victory against China in the 2016 arbitral ruling in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Australia’s Ambassador Steven Robinson also called on China to respect the 2016 arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s Nine-Dash Line, and said Australia will “continue to work with and support our Filipino partners on maritime issues and are concerned with recent destabilizing incidents in the South China Sea.”
After the water cannon incident, China ordered the Philippines to dismantle and remove the BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal. The grounded ship serves as the Philippines’ only outpost in Ayungin Shoal, which is being claimed by China.