Deadline for China set by international tribunal lapsed

Deadline for China to present a counter-memorial to the Arbitral Tribunal under International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea had lapsed December 15. However, instead submitting a counter-memorial, China published a position paper saying that the tribunal has no jurisdiction.

China “will neither accept nor participate in the so-called South China Sea arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, and that the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction over this case,” its ministry of foreign affairs said.

“The Chinese side will have to make necessary response to any intentional and provocative action unilaterally initiated by relevant party,” China added.

The arbitration case was initiated by Philippines to invalidate Chinese published maps including 10-dash line and 9-dash line maps covering virtually the entire South China Sea. Philippines also seeks for clarification on maritime entitlements based on international law.

China not participating in the arbitration case, Philippine government is expecting a decision early of 2016.