US and EU warns China: Need to respect ruling of International Court on South China Sea Issue

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Washington: China is warned by United States- UN and European Union- EU to the effect that it must respect the ruling of international court and the said requirement is to be fulfilled by China before May, this year. The ruling of the International Court is in connection with the dispute with the Philippines in relation to the territory in the South China Sea.

The Authority of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hague which is dealing with the dispute between China and Philippines, is being denying by China and it is claiming its territorial extension over all the South China Sea. Moreover, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on which the present circumstances of the case are based, is also ratified by Beijing.

It was also said by the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Sought and Southeast Asia- Amy Searight, that to make ruling of the Court binding in relation to this case, the United Nations, The European Union and other allies such as Japan, Australia and South Korea are ready and also they also suggest that for the non- respect by the China to the said ruling and also for its loosing the case China would be required to pay costs.

In the Seminar which was held at Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Amy said that International Law which are incredibly important, is also binding on all parties. And also she said if China did not respect a negative ruling, then it will be held accountable.

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However, it is notable that the concerned International Court is having no powers for enforcement of the ruling and as such the concerned rulings have been ignored before.

In the case, it was seen that the China seemed disputing the South China Sea territory with Philippines and several other members of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations- ASEAN

Moreover, as per the opinion of the Klaus Botzet- Head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation in Washington said that opposing the ‘World Opinion’ was difficult.

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Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan