South China Sea WW3: China Boasts 40+ Countries Supporting Its Territorial Ambition

South China Sea WW3: China Boasts 40+ Countries Supporting Its Territorial Ambition
Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of China Xi Jinping. President of Russia / Official Website CC

Ahead of the decision of the United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, over the territorial dispute lodged by the Philippines against in 2013, China has boasted that it got the support of more than 40 countries on its claim in the highly disputed South China Sea.


The latest country to signify support to China in its position for bilateral talks with individual countries with existing claims in the disputed international waters was Niger. In an issued statement late this week, Niger has said countries and even international tribunals, should respect China’s decision to choose how it would settle its internal issues, the Economic Times reported.

Before this, it was also reported by Morning News USA that at least 22 Arab countries likewise signified its support to the position of China in its claim in South China Sea during the recently concluded China-Arab Cooperation Forum held in Doha, Qatar last week, all the 22 Arab nations have backed China’s claim in most part of the South China Sea, invoking its self-imposed nine-dash-line rule.

Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said the support that China got from these country only shows how grounded China’s claim to the disputed territory is.

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“Up to now there have been over 40 countries which have endorsed China’s position officially and also Arab league has expressed its support. We believe there will be more countries and organisations supporting China,” Hua was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.

Over the weekend, Obama flew to Vietnam and Japan, probably his last visit to Asia as a President of the United States. This trip, according to an opinion editorial released by a state-ran news agency in China Xinhua, should be an opportunity for Obama to reflect on some of the policies he stood by that did not contribute well enough to the region’s peace and stability.

Also Read: South China Sea Dispute: US Calls Nations To Support Philippines

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  • Jose Rizal

    Wow 40 countries against bringing a dispute to court. Hmmmm reminds me of a group. These countries should be called the UN cossanostra.

  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument Uninhabited Islands: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12..

    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes: