ASEAN to keep mum on S. China Sea ruling: diplomats

Now that the United Nations worldwide tribunal in The Hague has finally ruled over the case filed by the Philippines concerning the maritime dispute in South China Sea, China meanwhile is now plotting its next move.

China warned other countries yesterday against threatening its security in the South China Sea.

The United States, meanwhile, has said the ruling by the tribunal is final and legally binding on both China and the Philippines, and it urged them to meet that obligation.

China is the largest trading partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a conservative 10-nation bloc with four members engaged in territorial disputes with Beijing - the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

The lawmaker said that while Taiwan and China's arguments over territorial claims seem similar, the foundations and reasons are different.

"The US statement turned a blind eye to the facts and endorsed a ruling that is illegal and invalid", Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in commenting on the US statement.

Thirdly, the tribunal found that China had violated the sovereignty of the Philippines by obstructing fishing activities by fishermen from the Philippines, constructing artificial islands and failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the Philippine's EEZ. The US Pacific Command said it had deployed an aircraft carrier in the sea to support "security" while China had conducted navy drills just before the verdict.

The court in The Hague has no power to enforce its rulings.

"The mission of this voyage is to display Taiwan people's resolve in defending the national interest", said Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan, in a speech before the departure of the ship, a La Fayette-class frigate.

The dispute over the South China Sea involves the Spratly and the Paracel Islands. Relations between Beijing and Manila plummeted over the row.

Except for Vietnam, which welcomed Tuesday's ruling against China, most ASEAN members issued relatively tame reactions.

Should the US's efforts at diplomacy fail, a defense official on Wednesday said that U.S. air and naval forces were ready to protect freedom of movement in the South China Sea.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said on Monday that the Asem summit was "not an appropriate venue" to discuss the issue.

But Liu added that China remains committed to negotiations with the new Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, and other governments with competing claims.

Liu said China has the right to declare South China Sea region as its air defence zone and control the movement of flights because the area belonged to it. China had earlier declared an area in the East China Sea as its air defence zone following disputes with.

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