Arbitration court to rule on South China Sea case on July 12

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016. Filed under: World News

BRUSSELS  (PNA/Kyodo) – The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said Wednesday it will hand down its ruling on conflicting claims in the South China Sea on July 12.

The United Nations-backed tribunal will decide on the case brought in January 2015 by the Philippines, which asserts that China’s claims to most of the South China Sea violate the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Many experts believe the ruling would be unfavorable for China.

China has said it will not accept arbitration on the South China Sea issue and that any disputes should be settled bilaterally by the countries involved. The disputes involve not only China and the Philippines, but also Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

Beijing has recently stepped up island construction and militarization of outposts in the disputed waters in an apparent attempt to alter the status quo in the South China Sea

Related posts

Obama tells ASEAN S. China Sea ruling eases tension, builds stabilityUS presses China on non-militarization in West PHL SeaPHL suspends work on South China Sea military airstrip Aquino to seek Europe’s help in China sea dispute Aquino calls for unity, asks countries not to ‘impose’ on othersUS would ‘help’ PHL in South China Sea: Navy chief China defends South China Sea fishing ruleAsian nations feud over South China SeaASEAN defense ministers discuss terrorism, S. China SeaUS defense chief jabs at Beijing in S. China Sea visitChina island-building altering South China Sea status quo: USChina violates ‘Declaration of Conduct’: AquinoChinese tourists sail to disputed islands: reportDespite presence of Marines, no ‘major troop escalation in Spratlys’: PHLSC justice asks fishermen to be prudent despite ruling on South China SeaBilateral talks with China over sea row ‘necessary’ – incoming DFA chief YasayVietnam decries Chinese missile deployment on islandSens. McCain, Corker, Reed, Cardin praise PHL efforts to peacefully resolve territorial disputesJapan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensionsBeijing poised to take ‘de facto control’ of S. China Sea: PHL