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The Philippine protest, dated April 5, was posted by the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf  (CLCS) as document No. 000228 on April 8.

This Decree argues that “KALAYAAN ISLAND GROUP” is vital to the security and economic survival of the Philippines and a part of the continental margin of the Philippine archipelago. While other states have laid claims to some of these areas, their claims have lapsed by abandonment and can not prevail over that of the Philippines on legal, historical, and equitable grounds.

THEREFORE, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines decrees; these areas must belong and be subject to the sovereignty of the Philippines.

This law is enacted to protect and improve the marine environment, conserve marine resources, prevent pollution damages, maintain ecological balance, safeguard human health and promote sustainable economic and social development. Besides it shall also apply to the internal waters, territorial seas and the contiguous zones, exclusive economic zones and continental shelves of the People's Republic of China and all other sea areas under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China.

The Act claims that the exclusive economic zone of Malaysia is an area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea of Malaysia and extends to a distance of two hundred nautical miles from the baselines and referred to in sub-section after the limits of the exclusive economic zone.

In the exclusive economic zone, Malaysia has sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the seabed and subsoil and the superjacent waters at the same time protecting the marine environment in the zone.

The Law on the TerritorialSea and the Contiguous Zone of the People's Republic of China, adopted at the 24th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on 25 February 1992.

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