South China Sea issue: China issues white paper

The tribunal handling the South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by the former Philippine government issued its final award on Tuesday.

In response, the Chinese government has issued a white paper, titled “China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.”

The document issued by the State Council Information Office on Wednesday said the Philippines’ territorial claim over part of Nansha Qundao, or the Nansha Islands, is groundless from the perspectives of either history or international law.

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