China has emphasized anew that it will not recognize the impending decision from the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the case lodged by the Philippines over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
The statement was issued recently by China’s Foreign Affair Minister as one of the four bottom lines released by China over the highly contested territory in the South China Sea, as reported by Sputnik. The international tribunal is expected to hand down its decision in the coming weeks. In October last year, the same court issued a verdict, saying it has the jurisdiction to hear the case filed by the Philippines.
South China Sea Dispute
According to a separate report from the Guardian, Liu Shemin, deputy Foreign Ministry of China said China would not, in any way, heed the court’s decision, regardless of its nature. China, since day one, has been consistent that it has no intentions of obeying the court’s decision on the case.
“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,” Liu was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
The issue stemmed from the territorial dispute case filed by the Philippines against China in 2013 invoking provisions of some international treaties, including the vital provisions of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Cases concerning UNCLOS are heard by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
But for the nth time, China has been adamant in participating in the same proceedings, saying conflicts within the region should be revolved among individual claimant countries instead of international arbitration. International observers, however, are seeing that the court is likely to decide in favor of the Philippines.