A 3-minute video that explains China’s legal claim over the highly contested South China Sea is being played 120 times every day at Times Square in New York City over the past few days.
According to a report from state-run news agency Xinhua, the video, produced by the China Review Studio, aims to clarify “the truth behind the arbitration tribunal farce.” It also emphasized that the only way to resolve the dispute is through negotiations.
The video will be shown from July 23 to August 3. The three-minute, 12-second video is being played on one of the giant screens at Times Square in New York City, known to attract millions of tourists from all over the world.
One of the main highlights of the video is the part where it explains that China was the first to discover, name, and exploit Nanhai Zhudao, or the South China Sea islands.
In the video, statements from so-called “experts” from different parts of the world are shown speaking in support of China’s position in the South China Sea row. One of them was London’s former Policy Director of Economic and Business Policy John Ross, who was seen in the video saying that arbitration should happen between the two parties.
The video was released barely two weeks after the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a ruling that declares China’s claim in most part of the South China Sea is inconsistent with international laws. China has maintained its non-participation and non-acceptance of the ruling.