Statement on the South China Sea Arbitration Case Unilaterally Initiated by the Republic of the Philippines

All China Lawyers Association
The All China Lawyers Association (ACLA) hereby makes the following solemn
statement on the South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by
the Republic of the Philippines:

1. ACLAfirmly supports the stance of the Chinese Government on the South
China Sea issue, and the positions clearly stated in the Position Paper of
the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Matter of
Jurisdiction in the South China Sea Arbitration Initiated by the Republic
of the Philippines dated December 7, 2014.No country, organization or
individual is in a position to deny China’s territorial sovereignty and
maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea.

2. The Philippinesunilaterally initiated the South China Sea arbitration,
disregarding the fact that thedisputes between China and the Philippines
in the South China Sea arein essence about territory and form an integral
part of maritime delimitation, denying the consensus of the two countries
that they have chosen to settle relevant disputes through bilateral
negotiations, anddenying the optional exceptions declaration China made
in 2006 pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS). The Philippines’ conduct violatesrelevant provisions of the
Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), abuses
the UNCLOS arbitration procedures, and infringes upon China’s right to
choose means of dispute settlementon its own will, and is thus illegal.

3. The Arbitral Tribunal established at the unilateral request of the
Philippines, while having no jurisdiction over the arbitration case, has
wantonly expandedand exceeded its power, and made serious mistakes inareas
such as verification of facts and application of law. Its conduct goes
completely against the principles and purposes of UNCLOS, erodes the
integrity and authority of UNCLOS, runs counter to international judicial
justice, violates the spirit and goalsof international rule of law on
peaceful settlement of international disputes, and is by no means impartial.

4. China’s non-acceptance and non-recognition of and non-participation in
the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines is a justifiable
act aimed at defending state sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,
upholding international rule of law, and protecting the authority and
integrity of UNCLOS.

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