China re­jects Hague tri­bunal judge­ment

Daily Trust - - AROUND THE WORLD - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau with agency re­ports

China has re­jected an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal rul­ing that its claims to rights in the South China Sea have no le­gal ba­sis.

The tri­bunal, based in The Hague, ruled that there was no ev­i­dence that China had historic rights to the waters or re­sources that fell within its “nine-dash line”, and was vi­o­lat­ing the sov­er­eign rights op­er­a­tions there.

The rul­ing was made by an ar­bi­tra­tion tri­bunal un­der the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

“China solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no bind­ing force. China nei­ther ac­cepts nor rec­og­nizes it,” said a state­ment by the Chinese for­eign min­istry and avail­able to Daily Trust. Philip­pine’s with its

The state­ment said the coun­try’s “ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty and ma­rine rights and in­ter­ests” in the seas would not be af­fected by those awards, stress­ing that China op­poses and would never ac­cept any claim or ac­tion based on those awards.

But the min­istry said China was com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing the dis­putes peace­fully through ne­go­ti­a­tion and con­sul­ta­tion with its neigh­bours.

Photo: AFP

From right: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and for­mer US pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and for­mer first lady Laura Bush at­tend an in­ter­faith me­mo­rial ser­vice for the vic­tims of the Dal­las po­lice shoot­ing at the Morton H. Mey­er­son Sym­phony Cen­ter in Dal­las, Texas.

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