By: Elena Grace Flores
China will exhaust all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and will exercise their right to set up an air defence zone, after being rejected by international tribunal’s ruling denying on its claims to the energy-rich waters.
Chinese perceived the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague as “puppet” of the United States after it ruled that China had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects that it has interests on. Beijing in return blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea and now leading to war, where territorial claims are happening with China against its neighbors; Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
“China will take all necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Wednesday. The case has been seen as a test of China’s rising power and its economic and strategic rivalry with the US. — Reuters as published by Tribune India