Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks

We deplore the recent statement by the Australian side on the South China Sea issue. China's sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea have been formed in the course of a long history. They are supported by abundant historical and legal basis and upheld by the Chinese government all along.

The South China Sea arbitration violated the principle of state consent. The arbitral tribunal exercised its jurisdiction ultra vires and rendered an award in disregard of law. The arbitration has major fallacies in fact-finding and application of law and violates UNCLOS and international law. The award of the arbitration is illegal, null and void. China does not accept or participate in the arbitration, nor does it accept or recognize the award.

China and countries concerned have effectively managed differences through dialogue and consultation. China firmly protects the friendly, cooperative relations with regional countries, and firmly safeguards peace and stability in the South China Sea. We urge the Australian side to view the historical merits and facts of the South China Sea issue in an objective manner and stop any political manipulation.

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