China may set up air defence zone over South China Sea

China justifies its sovereignty claims by saying it was the first to have discovered named and exploited the sea and outlines its claims for most of the waterway using a vague map made up of nine dashes that emerged in the 1940s

Manila: The Philippines urged Beijing on Thursday to respect an worldwide tribunal's ruling that rejected Chinese claims to most of the South China Sea, escalating a row that has raised the prospect of conflict.

If such an ADIZ were to be imposed, China would require all aircraft entering the designated airspace to identify themselves.

China warned other countries yesterday against threatening its security in the South China Sea. If Beijing is serious about its status as a great power, it should reach a negotiated settlement of its disputes in the South China Sea.

"The Tribunal's decision is final and legally binding on both China and the Philippines", US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the US expects that "both parties will comply with their obligations".

China rejected the PCA ruling saying they will neither accept nor recognize it.

Filipinos cheer moments after the Hague-based United Nations worldwide arbitration tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in its case against China on the dispute in South China Sea on July 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

The Philippines filed its complaint with the court in 2013 after China took control of a disputed reef off its coast called Scarborough Shoal.

It ruled that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within its claimed nine-dash line. China is also desperate to ensure the other countries involved in the dispute do not openly support the tribunal's ruling.

Beijing issued two statements immediately after the arbitration ruling was announced. He was referring to the U.S. and several European countries that want China to uphold the verdict.

China on Thursday warned of "decisive response" if any provocative action is taken in the South China Sea to enforce an global tribunal's verdict against Beijing's expansive claims in the strategic region.

Salvador France, vice chairperson of Pamalakaya-Pilipinas, said that engaging in a violent war against China is the last thing the country wants.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea but its claims are fiercely contested by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

China had said on Monday that the maritime dispute should not be included on the ASEM agenda, with assistant foreign minister Kong Xuanyou insisting the meeting was "not an appropriate venue" to discuss the issue.

The Washington Post looks at the significance of the South China Sea ruling and its significance for the world. For China, which sought to challenge the influence of the United States in the region, the ruling is a setback.

The Mischief and Subi reefs are also claimed by the Philippines. Relations between Beijing and Manila plummeted over the row.

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