Title: China Opposes Binding Nature of South China Sea Arbitration on 7th Anniversary
Date: July 12, 2023
In a regular press conference held on July 12, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, addressed the ongoing dispute regarding the South China Sea Arbitration. Wang firmly stated that China opposes the United States‘ claim that the award from the arbitration is legally binding on both China and the Philippines.
The arbitration in question pertains to the controversial territorial disputes in the South China Sea, involving multiple countries including China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Taiwan. The United States has weighed in on the issue, asserting that the award of the arbitration should be recognized and upheld by all involved parties.
The anniversary of the South China Sea Arbitration has led to renewed tensions and debates surrounding the binding nature of the award. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China firmly opposes the claim made by the United States and asserts that it does not accept or recognize the so-called award.
China’s stance on the arbitration remains consistent. The country believes that any resolution regarding the South China Sea dispute should be resolved through bilateral negotiations and consultations between the parties involved. China consistently advocates for peaceful dialogue and a diplomatic approach to resolve any territorial conflicts.
The Philippines, on the other hand, commemorated the 7th anniversary of the South China Sea Arbitration, taking the opportunity to reiterate its position on the matter. The Philippines neither accepts nor recognizes the award as binding. The country asserts that it remains committed to resolving this issue through peaceful means, as it continues to engage in discussions with China.
As tensions surrounding the South China Sea continue to simmer, the international community watches closely for any developments or potential resolutions to this long-standing dispute. The United States‘ firm position on the binding nature of the arbitration award only adds to the complexity of the situation.
It is worth noting that China’s opposition to the United States‘ claim is not unexpected, as the country has consistently defended its position and emphasized the need for direct negotiations between the involved parties. The South China Sea dispute remains a significant geopolitical issue with ongoing diplomatic ramifications that require delicate handling and peaceful resolutions.