China Refuses to Participate in Hearings on S. China Sea Dispute in Hague

© AFP 2022 / JAY DIRECTOProtesters brandish placards at a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Manila's financial district on July 7, 2015, denouncing China's claim to most of the South China Sea including areas claimed by the Philippines
Protesters brandish placards at a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Manila's financial district on July 7, 2015, denouncing China's claim to most of the South China Sea including areas claimed by the Philippines - Sputnik International
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Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said that the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hague to rule on the Philippines' claims to waters in the South China Sea "was made without taking into account the rights of China" and is "erroneous."

BEIJING (Sputnik) — China will not participate in the Philippines-initiated hearings on the South China Sea dispute in the Permanent Court of Arbitration and will not recognize the ruling of the Hague-based court, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Friday.

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On Thursday, the court decided to hear the Philippines' claims to waters in the South China Sea where China has been constructing artificial islands and claiming sovereignty over the land and a 12 nautical mile zone surrounding it. The disputed territories potentially hold large reserves of oil and gas.

"We will not take part in it [the hearings], and we will never accept it," the diplomat said at a press briefing.

He added that the court’s decision to rule on the case "was made without taking into account the rights of China" and is "erroneous."

The Permanent Court of Arbitration is expected to rule on the merits of the case as early as next year.

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