Beijing : China said it will not accept the decision of a UN arbitration sought by the Philippines to solve the South China Sea territorial disputes, saying the proceedings were unilateral and involves “a third party.”
The Philippines has asked the international tribunal in The Hague to declare China’s claims to virtually all of the South China Sea invalid. “China has repeatedly expounded its position of not accepting or getting involved in these proceedings initiated unilaterally by the Philippines,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. “On the issue of territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, China will never accept any imposed plan, nor any solution arrived at by unilaterally resorting to a third party for resolving disputes,” Hua said in a statement. The Philippines filed its arbitration case at The Hague in early 2013. The hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility of the case began last week and was concluded.
K J M Varma
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