China rejects South China Sea arbitral ruling, says it 'violates international law'

China has rejected anew the Award on the South China Sea Arbitration in favor of the Philippines, by saying it is "null and void" and "violates international law."

Wang Wenbin, spokesman of China's Foreign Ministry, said in a press briefing Wednesday, July 13, that "China neither accepts nor recognizes it and will never accept any claim or action based on the award."

Wang made the statement as the Philippines described as "final" and "indisputable" the Award as the latter recently celebrated the 6th anniversary of the arbitral ruling. The United States, among other countries, also supported the Philippines' position by citing the same arbitral ruling as well as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Photo courtesy of Chinese FM spox Wang Wenbin FB page

The Chinese official also said that the Chinese government also "received broad understanding and support from the international community."

He then issued a warning that "those who attempt to infringe on China's sovereignty, rights and interests by implementing this illegal award will not succeed."

"China will respond to such attempts in accordance with law," Wang added.

With the Chinese government advancing its activities on the still disputed waters, Wang said, China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian nations are "fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and working actively to advance the consultations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea."

He claimed that all sides already agreed "that the South China Sea issue should be handled following the dual-track approach."

Among those that were supposedly agreed were maritime disputes that should be handled properly by countries directly concerned through dialogue and consultation, and that peace and stability should be jointly safeguarded by China and ASEAN countries.

"I would like to state that China's position on the South China Sea arbitration is consistent and clear," Wang also said, adding the Chinese position remains the same with what it made on July 12, 2016.