South China Sea Dispute: China Calls International Court for Arbitration’s ruling a ‘Scrap Of Paper’

China on Wednesday declared that it has the right to set up an air defense zone in the hotly disputed South China Sea, a day after a landmark court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the contested waters.

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China’s vice foreign minister, Liu Zhenmin in a press conference in Beijing said China’s sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea wouldn’t be affected by a decision by the International Court for Arbitration, which went overwhelmingly in favour of the Philippines.

Liu stated that imposing an air defence identification zone ADIZ in the region, which in effect would require aircraft flying over the waters to first notify China, would depend on the threat level faced by China.

China had earlier set up an ADIZ over the East China Sea in 2013, prompting an outcry from Japan and the United States, but the zone has not been fully enforced.

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