South China Sea Dispute: More Countries Support China’s Territorial Ambitions
More and more countries from different continents are showing its support to China’s stance to involve individual claimants in a unilateral talks rather than international arbitration over the highly contested region in the South China Sea.Advertisement
On Thursday, Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that China got the backing of three countries –Vanatu, Lesotho, and Palestine—in its stance to refuse international arbitration. China stood to its position that any issues within the region should be settled with the individual countries rather than resort to an international tribunal, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua.net reported.
South China Sea Court Arbitration
It can be recalled, the Philippines has lodged a territorial dispute case before the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague over the contested territory. The Philippines invoked provisions of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) against China’s self-imposed and recognized nine-dash-line rule.
“Countries that harbor no selfish interests and understand the South China Sea sympathize with and endorse China’s just position on this issue,” Hua said, adding that more and more countries are showing their support and understand for China’s quest to seek bilateral talks.
According to the report, these countries have extended their understanding to the position of China in pushing for a peaceful settlement of the issue and involving the claimant countries individually in the peaceful talks.
South China Sea Dispute
The international tribunal is expected to hand down its decision in the case filed by the Philippines in 2013 anytime soon. But China has repeatedly said that it has no intention of recognizing the court’s decision regardless of the outcome. Meanwhile, the three new countries added to the list of more than 40 countries that earlier showed its support to the stance of China in the region, as previously reported by the Morning News USA.