SEA DISPUTE | Chinese embassy rejects PH position on SCS after Manila insists arbitral ruling; US and their Allies will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire.
SEA DISPUTE | Chinese embassy rejects PH position on SCS after Manila insists arbitral ruling
China’s embassy in the Philippines on Monday rejected calls made by Manila’s foreign affairs secretary for Beijing to comply with the ruling on the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague to respect the sovereign rights of the poor Southeast Asian country, nullifying its excessive claims on the South China Sea.
In a statement, the embassy said China’s position “is consistent, clear and firm”, rejecting the award given by the international tribunal four years ago.
“The South China Sea arbitration and its so-called award are illegal and invalid,” the statement said. “China does not accept or participate in the arbitration, nor does it accept or recognize the so-called award. China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea will under no circumstances be affected by this award.”
The embassy also said China firmly opposed and would never accept any claim or action based on arbitration award.
US and their Allies will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire.
"The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their rights and obligations under international law. We stand with the international community in defense of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and reject any push to impose “might makes right” in the South China Sea or the wider region." - U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
Read the U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea.