Beijing, July 24: Chi on Sunday told Japan not to intervene in the South Chi Sea issue as it was not directly involved in the dispute. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he would talk about the issue if he has a chance to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during the series of Foreign Ministers’ meetings involving Asean and other Asian countries, Xinhua news agency reported.
Stressing that the South Chi Sea arbitration was “illegal and invalid” from the very beginning to end, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Beijing’s rejection of the award is indeed in accordance with intertiol law and the United tion’s Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“Japan is not a party to the South Chi Sea issue, and considering its shameful history, it has no rights whatsoever to accuse Chi on the matter,” he said.
The South Chi Sea disputes involve both island and maritime claims among several sovereign states within the region, mely the tion of Brunei, the People’s Republic of Chi, the Republic of Chi (Taiwan), Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, and the Socialist Republic of Vietm. Non-claimants want the South Chi Sea to remain as intertiol waters, with the United States conducting “freedom of vigation” operations. (IANS)