Xinhua | 2016-06-23
by Salah Takieddine
BEIRUT, June 22 (Xinhua) -- China's sovereignty over the islands in
the South China Sea is indisputable as it complies with thousands of
years' history and international law, Vice Chairman of Lebanon's
Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) Dureid Yaghi asserted on Wednesday.
In an interview with Xinhua, Yaghi denounced the act of taking the
South China Sea dispute to the international arbitration tribunal.
"There is a regional agreement among the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to solve all disputes through peaceful
means among all concerned parties," Yaghi said.
"If an ASEAN country resorts to arbitration, it is violating the
basis of the agreements and international law, and violates essentially
the legal sovereignty of China over the islands," the PSP official
"China called for dialogue and is refusing any dispute as it
considers dialogue as the basis of the agreement among the ASEAN," Yaghi