Published: Thu, July 14, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China claims right to air defence zone

China claims right to air defence zone

This development comes as Manila urged Beijing to respect a ruling by an arbitral tribunal at The Hague on Tuesday, which dismissed China's claim that it has historic rights to resources in nearly two-thirds of the strategic sea, as marked out by its "nine-dash line" map from the 1940s. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said on Monday that the Asem summit was "not an appropriate venue" to discuss the issue.

During a summit with President Park Geun-hye last October, U.S. President Barack Obama said he expects Seoul to speak out when China fails to "abide by worldwide norms and rules".

"Do not turn the South China Sea into a cradle of war", Liu said, describing the ruling by a tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday as waste paper. It could aggressively reiterate its claims in South China Sea through stepping up infrastructure development on islands near the Philippines, for instance.

"As for whether China will declare an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, first of all we must make it clear that China has the right to do so".

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said it would continue to send planes and ships to the South China Sea on patrol missions and to defend Taiwan's territory and sovereignty.

China is also building its fifth lighthouse on the Sprtalys, at a time when the Philippines and other United States allies have been expressing alarm over its maritime expansion in the sea, which they suspect is aimed at extending its military reach.

China has vowed to ignore the ruling. Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai warned "i$3 t will certainly intensify conflicts and even confrontation".

Those claims overlap with those of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Should the US's efforts at diplomacy fail, a defense official on Wednesday said that USA air and naval forces were ready to protect freedom of movement in the South China Sea.

China says it does not recognize the validity of the decision and will accept no measures taken on the basis of the outcome of the arbitration case.

If Beijing is serious about its status as a great power, it should reach a negotiated settlement of its disputes in the South China Sea.

Liu said the five-member tribunal was neither an worldwide tribunal nor an global court of justice under the United Nations framework, nor an worldwide tribunal for the law of the sea or a permanent court of arbitration.

Manila, under previous president Benigno Aquino, launched the legal case in 2013 after China took control of Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone and far away from the nearest major Chinese landmass.

"Let's be magnanimous in victory". "In very delicate matters like this you can not be provocative in statements".

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