‘The Farce Should Come to an End’: China Reacts to Losing South China Sea Case

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 14: Honour guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz at the Great Hall of the People on September 14, 2015 in Beijing, China. Invited by President Xi Jinping, Mauritanian President Aziz is on a state visit to China from September 9 to 16.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
The Chinese government has ordered its propaganda outlets in high gear to denounce a decision against their territorial claims in the South China Sea by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, calling the case “null and void” because it does not support China’s claim to exclusive control of almost the entire sea. “The award is null and void and has no binding force,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said following the announcement of the verdict in Philippines vs. China, which found that China’s claims to the waters within the “nine-dash line,” a Chinese government term for the territory they claim. The waters in the “nine-dash line” include the exclusive territory of Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, though Indonesia does not claim any land formations within the territory in question. Echoing the Foreign Ministry, President Xi Jinping is quoted in state outlet Xinhua as asserting that “the South China Sea Islands have been China’s territory since ancient times” and that China’s activities in the region “will not be affected” by the case, which is binding under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). “China has always been a guardian of international rule of law and of