Chinese ADIZ in South China Sea violates EEZ rights of littoral states: defense chief

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has expressed that establishment of Chinese air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the entire South China Sea will violate the exclusive economic (EEZs) rights of littoral states under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

This is after United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. said in a telephone briefing with press on June 24, “If the People’s Republic of China] were to claim an ADIZ in the South China Sea, it impacts all of the nations that are – and it actually goes against – as I said earlier, a free and open Indo-Pacific is to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows.”

“Yes, I agree. First, an ADIZ by China over the entire South China Sea would arrogate unto itself a vast sea considered to be a global commons that has been opened for millennia to all for navigation and fishing,” Secretary Lorenzana said in a released statement.

“Second, it violates the exclusive economic rights of littoral states over their EEZs under the UNCLOS of which China was a signatory,” he added.

“Third, a lot of countries will treat this ADIZ as illegal and violative of international laws,” Secretary Lorenzana said. “It is my fervent hope that China would not proceed with this planned action for the continued peace and stability in the entire South China Sea.”