Hague tribunal rules China's South China Sea claims unfounded

China warned other countries Wednesday against threatening its security in the South China Sea after an worldwide tribunal handed the Philippines a victory by saying Beijing had no legal basis for its expansive claims there. "The threat or the use of force in resolving conflict will not going to, will not resolve, in fact it will even contribute to the deterioration of peace and security, and we can not afford that", said Marciano DeBorja, the Philippine consul general.

Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Lin Cheng-yi (林正義) yesterday said that a telephone hotline connecting the two sides of the Taiwan Strait was not used after an global court's ruling on a South China Sea case was announced on Tuesday, but as the decision could be a major diplomatic challenge to Beijing, it is likely to take a more conciliatory stance on cross-strait issues.

Chinese President Xi Jinping responded to the tribunal verdict on a case brought by the Philippines by saying that China would "refuse to accept" the decision.

China today released a white paper against the verdict by a UN-backed tribunal that struck down its "historical rights" in the South China Sea, insisting that Beijing has claims over the strategic region for 2,000 years.

"Whether we need to set up one in the South China Sea depends on the level of threat we perceive", he said. The court noted that fishermen and navigators from China and other countries historically visited the islands in the disputed waters.

Daniel Russel, the State Department's senior diplomat for East Asia, says he wasn't surprised by China's response to the tribunal's decision.

"We acknowledge the word issued by the court yesterday".

Taiwan said it would continue to send ships to the South China Sea.

Beijing has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, where its territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

The document, issued by China's State Council Information Office said that China endeavors to achieve win-win outcomes through mutually beneficial cooperation, and is committed to working with other countries in the region, to making the South China Sea "a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship", reported Xinhua.

"The Republic of China solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no binding force".

Members of the Phillippine coastguard pose as pirates while Japan Coast Guard sails past during the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Exercise off Manila Bay, Philippines, July 13, 2016.

Meanwhile, President of Philippines rejected this offer and said,"Who knows how long a China constructed Sea will last, not willing to take that gamble".

The Washington Post looks at the significance of the South China Sea ruling and its significance for the world.

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