Pemanent Court of Arbitration Ruling “Null and Void” China Declares

GIF: Pemanent Court of Arbitration Ruling: "Null and Void" China Declares

“Court ruling is null and void.”

With the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision to adjudicate on the Philippines’ case versus China, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang states that the “court ruling is null and void.”

“China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands and the adjacent waters. As a sovereign state and State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, China is entitled to choose the means and procedures of dispute settlement of its own will. China has been committed all along to resolving disputes with its neighbors over territory and maritime jurisdiction through negotiations and consultations. “

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The spokesman adds that the Philippines’ decision to seek arbitration was “a political provocation under the cloak of law.”

“A political provocation under the cloak of law.”

Lu Kang further expounds on his statement by saying, “The motivation [behind] the arbitration is not to settle disputes, but an attempt to negate China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea for its own sake.”

“The motivation [behind] the arbitration is not to settle disputes, but an attempt to negate China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea for its own sake.”

He reiterates that China will continue its position of “non-acceptance and non-participation” in the proceedings.

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Source: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1275673.shtml

Mr. Lu Kang was born in Jiangsu Province in May 1968, graduated with a Master’s degree.

  •  2012.12: Minister Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
  •  2010.08-2012.12: Deputy Director-General, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  •  2008.08-2010.08: Counselor, then Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign AffairsChina’s Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
  •  2006.12-2008.07: Counselor, Deputy Head of the Mission, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ireland
  •  2001.11-2006.12: Second Secretary, Deputy Division Director, then Division Director, Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2000.06-2001.11: Studied in National University of Singapore, Master in Public Policy
  • 1999.05-2000.06: Third Secretary, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1996.03-1999.05: Attaché, then Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations
  • 1993.01-1996.03: Desk Officer, then Attaché, Department of International Organizations and Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Lu Kang is married.

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Amang Laya
Amang Laya
Amang Laya is the South China Sea News Today's contributor-at-large. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines. He spends his days monitoring the latest news and views on the South China Sea Dispute.

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