BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese people are resolved to defend the country's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea, said the People's Daily in a commentary to be carried on Wednesday.
The tribunal handling the South China Sea arbitration case issued its award on Tuesday, amid a global chorus that the panel has no jurisdiction.
The tribunal, in defiance of basic facts, overrode international law and basic principles of international relations, and severely infringed on China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, the commentary said.
Chinese government and people, with fierce opposition, will neither accept nor recognize the award, it continued.
The commentary said, "We will not lay claim on even an inch of land that does not belong to us, but neither will we give up even the tiniest parcel of our territory."
China will take all necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty, maritime rights and interests from encroachment.
Upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea, China has all along adhered to peaceful solution of disputes through negotiations and safeguarded freedom of navigation and overflight in this area, the commentary said.
However, manipulated and instigated by "outside forces", the former Philippine government and the tribunal, in defiance of basic facts, attempted to bend the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to their needs and deny China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, it continued.
There is no way that China can accept such overt political provocation, according to the commentary.
The administration of former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III and the arbitral tribunal, in the attempt to deny China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea, merely acted as "puppets" of some "outside forces".
The drama they initiated was nothing but a farce that would eventually prove futile and be disregarded by history, the commentary said.
Spotlight: Law-abusing tribunal issues ill-founded award on South China Sea arbitration, draws worldwide criticism
THE HAGUE, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The tribunal handling the South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by the former Philippine government issued its final award on Tuesday, sweepingly siding with Manila's cunningly packaged claims.
The process and outcome of the three-year-long arbitration have drawn criticism from dozens of countries and numerous experts across the world, who pointed out that the panel has no jurisdiction and its decision is naturally null and void. Full story
Spotlight: Ill-founded award on South China Sea arbitration draws worldwide criticism
THE HAGUE, July 12 (Xinhua) -- An arbitral tribunal on the South China Sea rendered ruling on Tuesday, resulting in a deluge of criticism from China and other countries.
The 479-page award issued by a five-member tribunal is sweepingly in favor of the claims filed by the administration of former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, which unilaterally lodged the arbitration. Full story
China refutes U.S. statement on South China Sea arbitration award
BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- China is strongly displeased with a press statement issued by the Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department on Tuesday on the award issued by the South China Sea arbitration tribunal unilaterally initiated by the former Philippine government.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement that China is firmly opposed to the U.S. statement and has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side. Full story
Chinese foreign minister says South China Sea arbitration a political farce
BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The South China Sea arbitration, unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, is a political farce made under the pretext of law, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday.
Wang made the remarks after an Arbitral Tribunal handling the South China Sea arbitration case issued its final award on Tuesday. Full story
International law dishonored by illegal award on South China Sea arbitration: Chinese diplomat
THE HAGUE, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The ruling on the South China Sea arbitration issued by a court in The Hague is a disgrace to international law, Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands Wu Ken told the press on Tuesday.
"Today is a 'black Tuesday' for The Hague, 'the capital of international law'," Wu commented. Full story
China asks Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea
BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- China has asked Japan to stop interfering in the South China Sea issue, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.
China hopes Japan will bear in mind the terms of China-Japan relations and of regional peace and stability, and reflect on its position on South China Sea disputes, Lu Kang said. Full story
Commentary: South China Sea arbitration a scar on international legal system
BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Much like a poisoned tree, which will never bear good fruit, the award issued in the South China Sea arbitration was contaminated from the start.
A belligerent claimant, a biased arbitrator and an absence of rationality: Hardly fertile ground for impartiality. Full story