In a post following the ruling on Tuesday, the country's official press arm, Xinhua News Agency, said China “neither accepts nor recognizes” the international court’s decision.
Quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry, it added that “the award is null and void and has no binding force.”
China, which has boycotted the whole legal procedure and forgone its rights during the arbitration case, has repeatedly stated before the ruling that it will not recognize the international court’s decision.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague’s ruling handed down a decision that found China guilty of violating the sovereign rights of the Philippines, particularly in its exclusive economic zone.
Meanwhile, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. welcomed the positive development and asked the concerned parties to respect and abide by the ruling.
“Our experts are studying the award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome deserves. In the meantime, we call on those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety,” he said.
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