China not pleased with US’ study on South China Sea claims

“The US report turns a blind eye to basic facts and international jurisprudence. It is a violation of the US commitment of not taking position or taking sides on the South China Sea issue, and will by no means help resolve the South China Sea disputes or contribute to peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry of China said in a briefing commenting on US State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs study entitled, China: Maritime Claims in the South China Sea.

China reiterates its, what it claims, long-standing commitment to solve maritime disputes in South China Sea through direct negotiations and friendly consultations with countries involved with respect to historical facts and international law.

“China urges the US side to strictly honor its commitment, be prudent in words and deeds, and approach and handle the relevant issues in an objective and impartial manner.”

US government believes, based on the mentioned study, “China has not clarified its maritime claims associated with the dashed-line maps in a manner consistent with international law.”

US added that “the law of the sea does not permit those entitlements to be overridden by an other State’s maritime claims that are based on history.”