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SCS: China counters tribunal ruling with white paper to reassert claim

Upping The Ante, China Today Issued A White Paper, To Reassert Its Claim On The Disputed Territory In South China Sea And Accuse Philippines Of Illegal Occupation. The Chinese Government On Tuesday Rejected The Decision Of International Tribunal Which Rejected Its 'historical' Claim In The Region.

PTI | Updated on: 13 Jul 2016, 11:49:29 AM
China escalates condemnation of international tribunal's decision against its claim in South China Sea by issue a white paper


China today issued a white paper to re-assert its claim over the South China Sea, after an UN-backed tribunal struck down its historical claim over the strategic region. The country also used the White Paper to accused Philippines of illegally occupying its territory. 

The White Paper said the core of the relevant disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea lies in the territorial issues caused by the Philippines' invasion and illegal occupation, starting in the 1970s, of some islands and reefs of China's Nansha Qundao (the Nansha Islands).

"The Philippines has concocted many excuses to cover up this fact, and to pursue its territorial pretencions," said the document, titled 'China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea'.

The Philippines' relevant claim is groundless from the perspectives of either history or international law, said the white paper issued by the State Council Information Office.

The document asserted that China has claims over the South China Sea for 2,000 years and the Philippines, which had filed the petition before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, was occupying Chinese territory.
It attacked the Philippines for turning "a blind eye to bilateral consensus", saying Manila has repeatedly taken moves that complicate the relevant disputes, gradually intensified them between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

In a major diplomatic blow to China, the tribunal working under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) struck down the Communist giant's claims in the strategic waters yesterday.
The Hague-based court said China violated the Philippines' sovereign rights. It said China has caused "severe harm to the coral reef environment" by building artificial islands.

China has often accused the US for fomenting trouble in the South China Sea, through which USD 3 trillion of trade passes annually and where Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have rival claims to the waters.
The white paper said with the development of the international law of the sea, a maritime delimitation dispute also arose between China and the Philippines regarding certain maritime areas of the South China Sea.

The Philippines built military facilities on some islands and reefs of China's Nansha Qundao (the Nansha Islands/Spratly islands) it invaded and illegally occupied and deliberately destroyed survey markers set up by China, it said adding that Manila attempted to illegally occupy China's Ren'ai Jiao by using a military vessel illegally run around it.

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First Published : 13 Jul 2016, 11:41:00 AM