“China urges the Philippines to immediately cease its wrongful conduct of pushing forward the arbitral proceedings, and return to the right path of settling the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation with China,” the Chinese foreign ministry said.
According to China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei, China would not welcome any forcible arrangement from a third party in the disputed waters. He also accused the Philippines for being flagrant and informally closing doors on arbitration.
China is always open to resolve the issue through a bilateral dialogue and remains committed to solve the dispute on the basis of historical facts and with conformity with the international regulations. The China foreign ministry said.
The Philippines have not responded yet to Beijing’s call, but prior reports that President elect Rodrigo Duterte is open to bilateral talks with China. Hes friendly actions have made an opening to revive both countries mutual discussion according to experts.
A ruling is expected to be released in the coming weeks for the arbitration case filed in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Netherlands. The international community urges China to accept the ruling, but its impact is insignificant as China absolutely express that it would not participate nor accept the ruling.