Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lebanon's party leader asserts Chinese sovereignty on South China Sea islands

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 stressed.
"China called for dialogue and is refusing any dispute as it considers dialogue as the basis of the agreement among the ASEAN," Yaghi said.