China refuses South China Sea arbitration award

Shortly after the publication of the award, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the South China Sea arbitration, unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, is a political farce made under the pretext of law.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said the unilateral initiation of arbitration by the Philippines is out of bad faith. It aims not to resolve the relevant disputes between China and the Philippines, or to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, but to deny China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea.

The statement criticized that the conduct of the arbitral tribunal and its awards seriously contravene the general practice of international arbitration, completely deviate from the object and purpose of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to promote peaceful settlement of disputes, substantially impair the integrity and authority of UNCLOS, gravely infringe upon China’s legitimate rights as a sovereign state and state party to UNCLOS, and are unjust and unlawful.

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