Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing will never compromise on national sovereignty

July 1, 2016 2:30 pm

Chinese
delivers a speech during the Celebration Ceremony of the 95th
Anniversary of the Communist Party in Beijing on July 1, 2016. ©AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping
says Beijing will never compromise on its sovereignty ahead of an
international court hearing over the territorial dispute with its
neighbors.

“No foreign
country… should expect us to swallow the bitter pill of harm to our
national sovereignty, security or development interests,” Xi told ranks of top officials during the ruling Communist Party’s 95th anniversary on Friday.
He
noted that the Communist Party should maintain full power all over
, strengthen military and play a greater role in the world.
“We will not show up at other people’s front doors to flex our muscles. That does not show strength or scare anyone,” Xi also said in an apparent reference to US military build-up in the disputed region.
The remarks came as a
little-known international tribunal based in The Hague has said it
would hand down a ruling over the South China Sea on July 12.
The case, which was brought by the Philippines, challenges China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.
China said the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) does not have jurisdiction over the issue and boycotted the proceedings.

Chinese
soldiers pose for photos to mark the Communist Party’s 95th anniversary
in Mohe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province on June 30, 2016. ©AFPExperts
say the ruling by the PCA, international tribunal for the peaceful
resolution of disputes between nations, risks further inflaming tensions
between the Philippines and China.
China’s Foreign Ministry
spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement on Wednesday that the
Philippines’ “unilateral lodging of the South China Sea arbitration case
is contrary to international law.”
He also said that Beijing would not accept any forced dispute resolution.
In
early 2013, Manila lodged the suit against Beijing contesting China’s
sweeping claims to most of the South China Sea. However, China has
refused to participate in any hearings and says it will not comply with
any decisions by the tribunal.
Beijing has long-standing disputes
over maritime territory in the South China Sea with other
regional states such as Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and
Taiwan, which also claim territory in the region.
Washington has
sided with China’s rivals in the territorial dispute, with Beijing
accusing the US of meddling in the regional issues and deliberately
stirring up tensions in the South China Sea.

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