THE HAGUE, June 29 (Xinhua) — An arbitral tribunal with widely contested jurisdiction will issue an award on July 12 on the South China Sea case unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague said.
«The Tribunal will issue its Award on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at approximately 11 A.M.,» the PCA, acting as the registry of the tribunal, said in a press release.
«The Award will first be issued via e-mail to the Parties, along with an accompanying Press Release containing a summary of the Award,» it added.
China has refused to participate in the proceedings and declared that it will never recognize the verdict, stressing that the tribunal has no jurisdiction because the case is in essence related to territorial sovereignty and maritime delimitation.
Beijing has pointed out that territorial issues are not subject to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and that as early as in 2006 it declared — in line with UNCLOS — to exclude disputes concerning maritime delimitation from mandatory dispute-settlement procedures. Some 30 countries have also filed declarations of this kind.