Biden administration recognizes South China Sea ruling as final, binding

The administration of United States President Joe Biden recognizes that the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling on South China Sea is final and legally binding to all parties, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reaffirmed in his phone call with Philippine National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon.

“National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone on February 12 with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines. The National Security Advisors welcomed the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty and discussed opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Philippines Alliance,” US National Security Council (NSC) Spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.

Horne noted that Sullivan reaffirmed Biden administration’s “recognition that the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling, pursuant to the UN Law of the Sea Convention, is final and legally binding on all parties.”

“The National Security Advisors also discussed the coup in Burma, as well as issues related to human rights and counterterrorism,” the US NCS spokesperson said.