BEIJING – China’s Foreign Ministry said that the United States was attempting to influence a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) arbitration case filed by the Philippines after a senior U.S. authority said China would be obligated to abide by the tribunal’s decision.

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi

China has for quite a long time demanded that the disputes with rival claimants to the South China Sea be handled bilaterally.

But this period, its claims went under worldwide lawful scrutiny for the first time when the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague started listening to a suit the Philippines filed in 2013. But China has declined to participate in the case.

A conference in Washington, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said this week that as both Beijing and Manila are signatories to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, they need to comply and abide by the tribunal’s decision.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that a China’s position paper issued in December, contending and arguing the disputes was not covered by the treaty because it was ultimately a matter of sovereignty, not exploitation rights, In which they remained and stood, no matter what.

“Attempting to push forward the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, the U.S. side just acts like an ‘arbiter outside the tribunal’, designating the direction for the arbitral tribunal established at the request of the Philippines,” it said.

“This is conflicting with the position the U.S. side claims to maintain on issues concerning the South China Sea disputes,”the ministry added, asking Washington to stay up its promises and not take sides.

By: Carl E.


  1. How many times invited you to attend in Hauge conference for a tribunal disputes? Now you will tell us that United States is behind the issue. Your Moron and imbecile to your statement!

  2. Stop whining and act accordingly china.. this is what separate U.S. from china.. U.S. acts maturely by dealing with problems fairly and squarely while china does the opposite “BILATERALLY”.. intimidating others by threatening less superior and peaceful country.. DO NOT FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO THOSE PITIFUL VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS YOU FIRED UPON POINT BLANK.. WORKS OF A COWARD..

  3. Another of those imbecile thoughts that you would like the world to believe. The Hague is there to give the floor to explain your side, but you would not dare to give your side. Why? You know that the world will not believe that there is a 9-dash line that exist anywhere and everywhere in the world, such a stupidity. These chinkey eyed morons does not have a place in this world. They feel that they exist in the time of Adolf Hitler and a lot more powerful. Let us join our hands together and fight this atrocious together. We must do it now or else these crouching tiger will have his way.

  4. China is a hopeless country who try to established a wrong notion,an awkward situation for them in the eyes of the world just to set sight on the natural resources it will claim in the area by their assertiveness,,but the trouble is they are against the world now,,to the freedom loving citizens of the world,,who are not all interested in material things,,in earthly desires…

  5. Complaining that the United State is influencing the outcome of Hague outcome?. Yet China had been invited and continue inviting to participate. Why complain when you ignored the case. The outcome must be complied even not favoring China, otherwise the world may condemn and may act as an Ostrich burying its head. SHAME ON YOU CHINA!

  6. Even if the U.S. will not influence the tribunal all the chances is for her (China) to lose the case because all her actions were all wrong and very absolutely placing her at a losing end. With her loss she will again blame the U.S. of influencing the tribunal.

  7. “If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.”

    ~ Deng Xiaoping speech at the United Nations, April 10, 1974

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