China Rejects Hague Ruling, Ignores US, EU Urges, Shows Readiness to FightPosted: July 13, 2016
Reuters says in its report titled “US urges all countries to adhere to South China Sea ruling”, “The United States said on Tuesday that an arbitration court ruling that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea should be treated as final and binding and not as a reason to raise tensions.
It quotes White House spokesman Josh Earnest as saying in a briefing aboard Air Force One, “We certainly would urge all parties not to use this as an opportunity to engage in escalatory or provocative action.”
Though the US regards the ruling as binding, the US will not help the Philippines enforce the ruling. On the contrary, it regards the action to enforce the ruling as “escalatory or provocative” that the US will not do itself and urges others not to do either.
What about European powers?
According to SCMP’s report today, in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Beijing, Tusk and Juncker “warned China to respect the international system” i.e. to be bound by the ruling, but Xi said that China will not accept any proposition or action based on an international tribunal’s ruling over the disputed South China Sea.
China is conducting a large-scale live-ammunition military drill in the South China Sea and putting Chinese capital Beijing into state of war to show that it is ready to fight to defend its sovereignty and rights over the land and maritime areas it claims in the South China Sea.
Certainly, China’s rejection may hurt China’s reputation. However, as I have pointed out in my previous post, if ASEAN does not tell China to respect the ruling as its leaders promised when they met US President Obama, the damage is limited.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report “China’s Xi Jinping rejects any action based on international court’s South China Sea ruling” and Reuters’ report “US urges all countries to adhere to South China Sea ruling”, full text of which can respectively viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1988990/chinas-xi-jinping-rejects-any-action-based and http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-ruling-usa-idUSKCN0ZS1HZ.