Arbitration case violates China's sovereignty: HK official

Reuters

Posted at Jul 14 2016 11:33 AM

The South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by the Philippines violates China's territorial sovereignty and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), said a Hong Kong official.

Deputy director of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Basic Law Committee, Leung Oi-sie made the remarks Wednesday in an exclusive interview with the China Central Television (CCTV).

"No matter they are islands or reefs, they are China's territory and should not be decided by the arbitral tribunal. It is a violation of China's sovereignty," said Leung.

Leung said that China has been urging relevant parties to exercise restraint on the South China Sea issue on the basis of safeguarding sovereignty and believes that if the relevant parties can put aside disputes, engage in joint exploitation and share natural resources together, peace will be maintained and disputes can be left to future generations to solve. The unfair forced decision violates the UNCLOS and does not serve the interests of various countries, and so China does not recognize nor implement it.

"All in all, the South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by the Philippines violates the UNCLOS and the acceptance of the arbitral tribunal also goes against rules. The requirement made by the United States for China and the Philippines to implement the arbitration award is irrational. The U.S. does not have right to speak, because it is not the contracting party of the UNCLOS," said Leung.