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Expert on South China Sea Issue

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)CAI CONGYAN, Professor with Xiamen University:
“The arbitration tribunal has not understood the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) clearly. In other words, it does not properly analyze the real purpose of the Philippines. The arbitration court is abusing the international law. It’s very dangerous.”

Cai added that the arbitration court has obligations to cognize evidence correctly, especially when the arbitration is unilaterally initiated by one party.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)CAI CONGYAN, Professor with Xiamen University:
“The arbitration court has not fully recognized its role as an international judical organ. It’s not in line with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

Cai said China can not accept or get involved in those proceedings. Obviously, China can not negotiate with the Philippines on the south China sea issue based on the arbitration court.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)CAI CONGYAN, Professor with Xiamen University:
“An international agency can not create law, and it should adapt to the international law. The arbitration court on the south China sea issue has in some way usurped the right of a sovereign state.”

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