South China Sea dispute: China refuses to “accept and recognise” Hague Tribunal ruling

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 3:21 PM

South China Sea ruling: Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency has said that China "does not accept and does not recognise" the Hague Tribunal judgement.

South China Sea, South China Sea dispute, South China Sea fight, South China Sea issueSouth China Sea dispute: China, which boycotted the case brought by the Philippines, has said it will not be bound by any ruling. (AP file Photo)

South China Sea issue: Even as the Hague Tribunal ruled that China does “not have historic rights” in the South China Sea, Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency has said that China “does not accept and does not recognise” the judgement.

The UN-backed tribunal said it has jurisdiction to rule on China’s nine-dash-line claim in South China Sea.

“There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” the court said, referring to a demarcation line on a 1947 map of the sea, which is rich in energy, mineral and fishing resources.

In the 497-page ruling, judges also found that Chinese law enforcement patrols had risked colliding with Philippine fishing vessels in parts of the sea and caused irreparable damage to coral reefs with construction work.

China, which boycotted the case brought by the Philippines, has said it will not be bound by any ruling.

Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, asked how China would be getting the ruling, said it would have nothing to do with the court.

“We won’t accept any of their so-called materials, no matter what they are,” Lu told reporters.

Meanwhile, a Chinese civilian aircraft successfully carried out calibration tests on two new airports in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said. It said the two airports were on Mischief Reef and Subi Reef, and the facilities will help with personnel transfers to the Spratlys.

The announcement came as a tribunal in The Hague said none of the Spratly islands granted China an exclusive economic zone.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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