Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beijing rejects tribunal ruling

Beijing furiously rejected an international tribunal ruling Tuesday that rendered its claims in the South China Sea invalid.

"The award is null and void and has no binding force," China's foreign ministry said on its website, reiterating its territorial claims. President Xi Jinping said the islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times and Beijing will not accept any action based on the decision
China's claims, which include waters of nearby countries, are based on a vaguely defined "nine-dash-line" found on a 1940s Chinese map. China says that its fishermen have visited the area for centuries, but the tribunal said that Beijing had no exclusive control of it.

The damning decision was "as unfavourable to China as it can be", said analysts. China has consistently said the tribunal does not have jurisdiction on the issue and Xinhua reported the ruling under the headline: "Law-abusing tribunal issues ill-founded award".