Brushing aside the UN tribunal arbitrating on the disputed South China Sea (SCS), China has asserted that it will not accept its verdict and underlined that issues relating to its sovereignty should be decided only by the Chinese people.
Echoing the government’s views, an official daily warned that US ships and aircraft in the area challenging Beijing’s sovereignty will lead to its further militarisation. “China’s territorial sovereignty should be decided by all the Chinese people, and no other people or organisation has the right to handle it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei stated in a media address. The spokesperson replied to a question on the recent release of a court hearing record by an international tribunal in the Hague lodged by the Philippines.
Mr Hong said China’s position on the SCS stands on a solid international legal base and will remain unchanged. He added that at the hearing the Philippines which filed the petition ignored facts, international law and justice. He also alleged that the Philippines attempted to deny China’s sovereignty over the South SCS islands.
The Arbitral Tribunal under the UN Convention on Law of Seas (UNCLOS) established at the request of the Philippines has no jurisdiction over the case, Mr Hong underlined. The tribunal admitted the Philippines’ petition overruling China’s objections. China has also refused to accept any third party settlements in resolving the dispute.
- India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) is an emerging think tank and a media-publishing company focused on international affairs & the India Story. A venture of TGII Media Private Limited, a leading media, publishing and consultancy company, IWN has carved a niche for balanced and exhaustive reporting and analysis of international affairs. Eminent personalities, politicians, diplomats, authors, strategy gurus and news-makers have contributed to India Writes Network, as also “India and the World,” a magazine focused on global affairs. The Global Insights India (TGII) is the research arm of India Writes Network. To subscribe to India and the World, write to email@example.com
- China Connect2020.11.28A New Start, A New Journey
- Diplomacy2020.11.26India-Italy Connect: The Road Ahead (WEBINAR VIDEO)
- India and the World2020.11.25Italian envoy calls for rebalancing Europe-China ties, pitches for enhanced defence ties with India
- Diplomacy2020.11.24India eyes closer ties with Bahrain, UAE, and Seychelles