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International Reactions to the South China Sea Ruling

The international community reacted swiftly to the Hague tribunal ruling with a majority of views calling on Beijing to accept the decision. But several statements from ASEAN members were more cautious simply taking note of the decision and urging the peaceful resolution of disputes.

China’s position was very blunt stating that ‘the award is null and void and has no binding force. China neither accepts nor recognizes it.’ It criticised the unilateral action of the Philippines which was a move taken in bad faith and designed to deny China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea.

Only Pakistan supported the Chinese position stating that it opposes any imposition of unilateral will on others, and respects China's statement of optional exception in light of Article 298 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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