Arbitration court to rule on South China Sea case on July 12
BRUSSELS (PNA/Kyodo) – The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said Wednesday it will hand down its ruling on conflicting claims in the South China Sea on July 12.
The United Nations-backed tribunal will decide on the case brought in January 2015 by the Philippines, which asserts that China’s claims to most of the South China Sea violate the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Many experts believe the ruling would be unfavorable for China.
China has said it will not accept arbitration on the South China Sea issue and that any disputes should be settled bilaterally by the countries involved. The disputes involve not only China and the Philippines, but also Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
Beijing has recently stepped up island construction and militarization of outposts in the disputed waters in an apparent attempt to alter the status quo in the South China Sea