Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furore – Regional

Google has released its latest maps with one small change – the removal of a Chinese name for a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.

The Scarborough Shoal, worldwide name, Philippines local name called Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc.

Manila is asking the tribunal to declare Beijing’s “nine-dash line” territorial claim over much of the South China Sea invalid under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Google responded quickly to the petition and updated its service by removing the Chinese name of the shoal.

China contends the tribunal doesn’t have jurisdiction, and has refused to participate in its proceedings.

According to the tech company’s policy on disputed regions, it takes into account “guidance from authoritative references, local laws and local market expectations”, and aims to consider “all points of view where there are conflicting claims”.

The first round of oral arguments, held from July 7 to 8, saw the Philippines explaining to the court why it should take jurisdiction over the case.

The shoal is located 500 miles from China and just over 100 miles from the Philippines, but proximity is rarely the deciding factor in territorial claims. It is the dispute resolution mechanisms provided for in UNCLOS, del Rosario said, “that allow the weak to challenge the powerful on an equal footing, confident in the conviction that principles trump power; that law triumphs over force; and that right prevails over might”.

(ShareCast News) – China is set to refuse to recognise whatever ruling emerges from the Hague’s worldwide arbitration case regarding its dispute with the Philippines over the South China Sea.

Valte said the Arbitral Tribunal scheduled two rounds of hearings on jurisdiction and admissibility of the case filed by the Philippines.

Over the course of several months while the arbitration case was ongoing, China has done massive reclamation projects on several reefs in the Spratly Islands creating artificial islands capable of hosting military structures, equipment, and personnel.

The Philippines said that any negotiation on the issue would be deemed acceptable only if other members of the Association of Southeast Nations are involved.

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday, July 13, issued an oratio imperata or obligatory prayer to ease tensions between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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