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.
“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.