South China Sea War: Tensions High As Court Ruling Looms
China will not yield to the ruling on the South China Sea dispute. According to reports, there is growing fear of what will happen should China reject the ruling. Will there be a new world war?Advertisement
China Will Not Honor the Ruling
China has made it clear that it will not honor the ruling of the international tribunal regarding the territorial dispute case filed by the Philippines. Considering such strong stance, many fear that the tensions in the South China Sea region will see a sharp rise in the next few weeks as the decision comes closer.
According to The Guardian, Western officials claim that they are fearful that China will respond to the ruling of the international tribunal for the law of the sea. Most experts think that the tribunal will be in favor of the Philippines, thus, the growing fears. This will raise the stakes over the disputed region and possibly even accelerate land reclamation activities.
The report also noted that the top US commander in the Pacific and some members of the congress are pressuring the White House to have firmer stand on the matter. The West should have a tougher approach especially over China’s military activities. Beijing believes that the tribunal does not have power over the matter. It also warned that the conflict could escalate since it will defend its claims when necessary.
“Of course, when the ruling comes out our friends in Philippines and in the United States will preach that the tribunal has binding power and that China must obey the result. But surely we will be firm in saying that the results are illegal, that the tribunal has no binding power and China will not accept the ruling,” explained Liu Zhenmin, the Chinese deputy foreign minister.
“The US knows about its own history in south-east Asia. We will oppose the US if it stirs up any conflict in south-east Asia. But if scenarios of the Korean War or Vietnam war are replayed we will have to defend ourselves,” the official added.
China Opposes G7
China also expressed its dissatisfaction following the joint declaration of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced countries over the South China Sea dispute. Previously, G7 leaders reiterated a strong stance over the matter saying that any military activity that seeks to destabilize the status quo in the region should be opposed. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying countered that the countries are exaggerating what happening over the disputed region.
“China is strongly dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done. It is hoped that G7 countries would take an unbiased and just position, honor their commitment of not taking sides on territorial disputes, stop making irresponsible remarks and do more things that contribute to regional peace and stability,” The Philippine Star quoted Hua.