The Hague-based arbitration court ruled Tuesday that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to resources in the South China Sea areas falling within the "nine-dash line" and that all high-tide features in the Spratly Islands, including Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island (also known as Itu Aba), are legally "rocks".
"Despite the opposition of Vietnam and concerns by the global community, those actions conducted by China have seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty and are unlawful and can not change the fact about Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes", Binh told reporters, referring to the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea.
The ruling backed Manila's argument that the features claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea were not islands and therefore not entitled to 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zones that underpin China's "nine-dash line" territorial claim over the sea's waters.
"While China upholds its historical rights, we respect the [UN Convention on the Law of the Sea] and should defend our de facto occupation of the island [Itu Aba]", Lo said, asking the ministry to pay extra attention when responding to China's calls.
U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo has issued the following statement regarding the International Tribunal's decision in the case of The Republic of the Philippines vs. the People's Republic of China.
The #Chexit hashtag has gone viral on various social media sites and became a worldwide trend on Twitter. Washington has sent warships to the South China Sea in support of maintaining what it calls freedom of navigation in the region, along with the flying of military aircraft.
4 of 5 tribunal panelists picked by Japan: China In Beijing's view, rejecting the ruling amounts to upholding the worldwide law because it believes the tribunal went out of his scope and powers in judging the case.
China justifies its sovereignty claims as it says it was the first to have discovered, named and exploited the sea.
Yasay will represent newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte at ASEM.
A similar zone set up in 2013 in the East China Sea riled Japan, the United States and its allies.
It comes as EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini told an audience in the Chinese capital that the bloc does not have a position on the issue.
China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, was even more blunt about the tribunal's ruling.
The summit will see 53 leaders from Asia and Europe attending, including from countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia which also claim territory in the region. China must be a responsible actor that respects the rule of law, even when decisions are not made in its favor.