China lashes out at South China Sea arbitration case


China has slammed the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Philippines after the court announced on Wednesday that it would deliver a ruling on China’s claims to large swathes of the South China Sea on July 12.

Hong Lei, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, once again rejected the jurisdiction of The Hague-based court over the case brought by the Philippines.

"I again stress that the arbitration court has no jurisdiction in the case and on the relevant matter, and should not hold hearings or make a ruling," he stated.  

Hong accused the Philippines of unilaterally lodging the case, acting against international law and breaking an agreement between the two nations to solve the dispute through bilateral negotiation.

Discussing the long-awaited result in the three and a half year case, Manila's lead lawyer, Paul Reichler, claimed that China had "essentially declared themselves an outlaw state" over its refusal to respect the court, Reuters reports.

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