China says Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling on South China Sea “null and void”


BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — The Foreign Ministry on Friday said in a statement that a ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal on Thursday on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea is null and void, and has no binding effect on China.

The tribunal, established at the request of the Philippines, ruled that it can take on the case over the South China Sea dispute.

“The result of the ruling will by no means affect China’s sovereignty and rights on the South China Sea.” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Friday in a media briefing.

China’s sovereignty and rights in the South China Sea are grounded in history and protected under international laws including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry.

The statement also said that the Philippines’ decision to seek arbitration was “a political provocation under the cloak of law.”

“The motivation [behind] the arbitration is not to settle disputes, but an attempt to negate China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea for its own sake.” Liu said.

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