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China Sea, vowing neither to participate in the case nor accept the ruling, which is due July 12. Without making direct reference to the South China Sea, Xi said that while China was not a trouble maker, no foreign country should think China would trade away its core interests.
“Do not expect that we will swallow the bitter fruit of damage to our sovereignty, security and development interests,” he said to an audience including military officers, model workers and ethnic minorities.
Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have South China Sea claims.
A further headache for Xi this year has been January’s election in self-ruled and democratic Taiwan of a president from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen.
“We will resolutely oppose Taiwan independence splitist forces,” Xi said, again without a direct mention of Tsai or her party.
“The 1.3 billion of China and the entire Chinese race will never agree to any person, at any time, using any method to carry out activities to split the country.” China views Taiwan as a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring its under Beijing’s control.
Tsai has vowed to maintain peace with China.