Beijing plans military drills running up to court ruling

Jul 09, 2016, 06:59

Chinese defense ministry officials couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.

China will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week in the lead up to a highly anticipated worldwide court ruling on its maritime claims, which the Chinese central government has vowed to ignore.

The South China Sea arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines has drawn worldwide attention.

At a monthly news conference on Thursday, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Col Wu Qian accused the US of sending its forces into the South China Sea to undermine Beijing's resolve to protect its own national sovereignty. And it will set a serious, wrong and bad example.

Territorial claims are normally the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), but the ICJ only entertains cases if all parties in the dispute participate. "This illegal ruling will not affect China's sovereignty and maritime rights and interests", he said.

"China's friends are all over the world".

China in turn sees this as a matter of defending its territorial and political sovereignty against the United States.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea including a cluster of islands, reefs and atolls further south called the Spratlys.

He also said China values core role played by the United Nations in global affairs.

Bateman said that the South China Sea disputes will have to be resolved through negotiations among the countries directly involved.

In Washington, the State Department said the U.S.

In the joint statement, G-7 nations are to demand that China respect the court of arbitration's proceedings, they said. China is a signatory of the convention, one of the first worldwide agreements it helped negotiate after joining the UN.

An worldwide ruling this month is expected to deprive China of any legal basis for its claim to most of the South China Sea, the Philippines' chief lawyer in the case, Paul Reichler, told Reuters last week. The nine-dash line was originally an 11-dash line drawn by the government of the Republic of China in 1947.

Aquino had refused to hold direct talks with China on the issue, pointing to Beijing's insistence that its claims were indisputable and thus there was nothing to negotiate.

"Manila must put aside the result of the arbitration in a substantive approach", one of the sources quoted by China Daily said.

Amsterdam's sprawling Schiphol airport was shown fitting neatly into China's new runways on Subi Reef.

Referring to Chinese assistance in general, Yasay said: "We know that this will be beneficial for our people".

Meanwhile, Vietnam has called for The Hague tribunal to deliver a "fair and objective" ruling in the case.

The AMTI's list showed that countries supporting China's position included Afghanistan, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Niger, Sudan, Togo and Vanuatu.

Legal experts say that while the ruling is technically binding, no body exists to enforce UNCLOS rulings.

According to USA officials, China has built a runway on the Paracels and placed surface-to-air missiles on the Woody Island which is considered to have the largest Chinese presence on Paracels. "But I'd like to say that the US side is making the wrong calculation".

"I was asked why China is also building military facilities". France has also proposed to European countries that they take part in joint South China Sea patrols. US officials have warned that either move could force Washington to take action, without specifying what that response might be.

'Negotiation has been agreed upon as the way to resolve the dispute, ' he said. We gallantly seek peace, not war.

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