Two weeks after the arbitral tribunal of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea issued its award to the Philippines, China continues to seek to undermine the legitimacy on the tribunal, making charges bordering on the slanderous against the judges concerned.
While affirming “China’s non-acceptance and non-recognition of the so-called award,” the Chinese government ischallenging the standing of the tribunal itself.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang,has stated of the tribunal: “It is not an international arbitration court. It is an illegal setting-up assembled at the unilateral request of the then Philippine government.” That is to say, China considers the tribunal itself to be illegal. Hence, not heeding its ruling was the only right way to uphold the international legal system.