China said that it is closing off a part of South China Sea to give way for military exercises this week, after the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Beijing’s territorial claims in waters of South China Sea.
Beijing’s maritime administration issued warning that an area located southeast of the island province of Hainan would be close in three days.
China has launched a massive land seizure and rebuilding effort throughout the South China Sea in recent years, transforming numerous reefs into artificial islands that can support military installations, ignoring competing claims over the region by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan, as well as the Philippines.
China launched a massive land seizure and rebuilding effort throughout the South China Sea in recent years, re-inventing numerous reefs into artificial islands that can support military installations, while competing claims over the region by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan, as well as the Philippines.
The United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague dismissed Beijing’s claim of virtual sovereignty over the nearly 3.5 million-square kilometer South China Sea, as a response to Philippines’ complaint filed in 2013 over China’s aggressive actions on the Scarborough Shoal, located about 225 kilometers off the Philippine coast.
The Hague-based court ruled that China’s claims of it’s so called “nine-dash line” violates the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Beijing refused to participate in the case saying that the court’s decision has no jurisdiction to decide about the matter, despite of being a signatory to UNCLOS — and has repeatedly denounced the verdict.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration also ruled China’s rebuilding efforts have caused severe harm to the coral reef environment.