China rejects South China Sea ruling by Hague Tribunal

China rejects South China Sea ruling by Hague Tribunal
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BEIJING: Beijing “does not accept and does not recognise” the ruling by a UN-backed tribunal on its dispute with the Philippines over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The declaration followed a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague that China has no historic rights to its claimed “nine-dash line”.

“The award is null and void and has no binding force,” the ministry said on its website. “China neither accepts nor recognises it.”

Beijing “does not accept any means of third party dispute settlement or any solution imposed on China,” it added, reiterating its long-standing position on the dispute.

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