South China Sea July 12 Ruling: China Neither Accepts Nor Recognizes Court’s Decision

South China Sea July 12 Ruling: China Neither Accepts Nor Recognizes Court’s Decision
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The decision of the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague on the South China Sea row did not sit well with China, which said that it was null, void, and has no binding force.


Immediately after the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines declaring China’s nine-dash-rule as illegal and in violation of international law, China on the other hand, has reiterated that it has no intention of recognizing the court’s ruling, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.


Minutes after the issuance of the ruling around 5 a.m. EDT, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China ultimately junked the court’s decision, saying that “the award is null and void and has no binding force. China neither accepts nor recognizes it.”

China also reiterated its earlier position that it has no interest or intention to participate on the unilaterally requested arbitration by the Philippines in 2013. On its five-point rebuttal statement, China said the tribunal in The Hague has no jurisdiction over the case, while questioning the admissibility of the case.

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‘Out of bad faith’

Secondly, China accused the Philippines of initiating the case before the international tribunal ‘out of bad faith’. It said the case filed by the Philippines aims to resolve no issue in between the two nations. In fact, it threatens the peace and stability in the region.

China also pinpointed some errors committed by the court as it made various interpretations on different issues. China reiterated that China’s sovereignty in the region will not be, in any way, be affected by the landmark ruling by the court.

“The Chinese government will continue to abide by international law and basic norms governing international relations as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including the principles of respecting state sovereignty and territorial integrity and peaceful settlement of disputes, and continue to work with states directly concerned to resolve the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through negotiations and consultations on the basis of respecting historical facts and in accordance with international law, so as to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the statement reads while stressing that China won’t accept third-party intervention in addressing regional conflicts.

The White House is yet to issue an official statement with regard to the recent ruling issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the conflict in the South China Sea between China and the Philippines.

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