Chicoms threaten to ignore UN arbitration decision on its island grab
China said Saturday that it will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in the Philippines' lawsuit against Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea.The Chicoms appear to be determined aggressors regardless of what the rest of the world thinks of their claim. The islands are an attempt to expand Chinese control over a huge portion of the South China Sea. Their claims are disputed by the Philippines and Vietnam as well as the US. The US continues to ignore their claims to sovereignty over the islands and sends its own planes and ships over the claimed territory.
"To put it simply, the arbitration case actually has gone beyond the jurisdiction" of a U.N. arbitration panel, said Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, director of the foreign affairs office of China's National Defense Ministry.
The Philippines has filed a case in the United Nations under the U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea, questioning China's territorial claim in the South China Sea. An arbitration panel is expected to rule on the case soon. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last year that it has jurisdiction over the case despiteChina's rejection.
"Because the territorial and sovereignty disputes have not been subjected to the arbitration, we think the arbitration is illegal," Guan told reporters on the sidelines of an international security conference here. "Therefore, we do not participate in it nor accept it."