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Expert: China’s stance over South China Sea arbitration to promote int’l law progress

The arbitration raised by the Philippines regarding the south China sea will reach its final stage and the final verdict will comes out soon.

China will not accept nor participate in the arbitration unilaterally launched by the Philippines.

A Chinese expert says China’s stance is to promote the progress of the international law.

Zhang Xiangjun, a law expert in Fuzhou University, said the arbitration raised by the Philippines are outside of the “United Nations marine law” jurisdiction, so the arbitration court has no right and not qualified to arbitrate on the issue.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHANG XIANGJUN, Associated Prof. with Fuzhou University:
“We have lodged our own statement in 2016. It stated that China excludes the third party jurisdiction involved in disputes over sovereignty, border, historical rights, and factors involved in military action.”

Zhang said similar declarations have been made by over 30 countries, including England, France and Russia.

These statements are an integral part of the Convention and have legal effect on all state parties.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHANG XIANGJUN, Associated Prof. with Fuzhou University:
“So it’s actually a broad international practice. It means that many countries believe that disputes in this aspect are closely related to national interests, and is not suitable to be judged by a third party or a quasi judicial institution. Instead, the related parties should sit and negotiate to find a peaceful way of solving the dispute.”

Zhang expressed that China is a builder and defender of the current international order, and China is contributing to the progress of the international law.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHANG XIANGJUN, Associated Prof. with Fuzhou University:
“A great number of scholars from the international community have doubted about the jurisdiction of the arbitration court and the justice of its outcome. China has expressed its clear position, refusing to accept the biased arbitration. We live up to the international law in this way.”

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