Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines on the Seventh Anniversary of the So-called Award on the South China Sea Arbitration
2023-07-12 21:30

China’s position on the so-called South China Sea arbitration and the award is consistent, clear and firm. The Arbitral Tribunal gravely violated UNCLOS and general international law. The award is illegal, null and void. China does not accept or recognize it, and will never accept any claim or action based on the award. China’s sovereignty and relevant rights and interests in the South China Sea were established in the long course of history, and are solidly grounded in history and the law. This shall under no circumstances be affected by any illegal award. 

As the mastermind behind the South China Sea arbitration, the US ropes in allies to play up the issue each year on the anniversary of the illegal award to gang up against China and to exert pressure, and force China into accepting the award. We are firmly against this. We urge these countries outside the region to respect China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea, stop using the South China Sea issue to drive wedges among regional countries, and refrain from being a troublemaker to peace and stability in the South China Sea.

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