Filipino Netizens Rejoice Over The UN’s #CHexit Ruling

In a rare case of a victorious underdog, the Philippines have successfully kicked China off their disputed land and sea in today’s landmark victory at the UN.

A crucial United Nations tribunal today ruled that China’s claims in the South China Sea are unfounded, much to the delight of Filipinos who were fed up with Chinese occupation of the disputed territories.

Today, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China has no rights to the disputed lands and waters in the South China Sea, also known as the West Philippine Sea, depending on your vantage point. The Philippines filed the case against China at the beginning of 2013 and have consequently been waiting for a final ruling for more than three years.

The tribunal confirmed that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereignty as well as irreparably destroyed the Great Barrier Reef by building man-made islands. Moreover, China has been dumping toxic chemicals in the water near some islands, including Pag-asa Island, to purposefully poison and kill fish, which has destroyed the livelihood of Filipino locals.

Twitter erupted this morning with the #CHexit hashtag, which international protesters have been using to promote the Chinese departure from the South China Sea.

China, however, has largely dismissed the ruling so far and maintains it will not be removing its armed forces from the region.


Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters, Romeo Ranoco

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