Vice-Premier Liu Yandong addresses the opening ceremony of the fifth World Peace Forum in Beijing on July 16. [Xinhua]
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong said that the South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally filed by the Philippines is "unlawful" from the very beginning.
She made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the fifth World Peace Forum on Saturday at Tsinghua University in Beijing, as the South China Sea issue has been one of the much discussed topics.
The forum's theme this year is "The Order of Common Security: Cooperation, Inclusiveness, and Open-access."
China does not accept nor participates in the South China Sea arbitration case brought up by the Philippines, and less still it will recognize the tribunal's decision, Vice-Premier Liu Yandong reiterated this position of China in her keynote speech.
"Recently, the arbitral tribunal on the South China Sea arbitration case brought up by the Philippines issued the so-called 'final award', trying to deny China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea. The arbitral tribunal established at the unilateral request of the Aquino III government lacked legitimacy and operated in an unlawful way from the beginning till the end. It willfully expanded, overstepped and abused its authority, and its so-called award is thus illegal and invalid. The Chinese government does not accept nor participates in the arbitration case, and does not recognize this so-called 'award'," said Liu Yandong.
Conflicts in the South China Sea have become more complicated since the tribunal issued its decision on July 12, pushing the issue to become the hottest topic at the year's forum.
Experts and politicians shared their views on the proper means of resolving maritime disputes.
"I think we need more diplomacy. Going to court is not the answer. We must create a win-win for all sides," said Shaukat Aziz, former Pakistani Prime Minister.
Apart from the tension over the South China Sea, the two-day forum also touches on matters like nuclear non-proliferation, the Belt and Road Initiative, relationship between leading powers, and anti-terrorism.
Chinese and foreign scholars, politicians and former state leaders at the forum will also talk about the Brexit and uncertainty it brings to security cooperation between European countries.
There may be fewer military conflicts than before, but regional security issues have been getting increasingly serious in 2016, endangering international security. Many say that it is time for all sides to make joint efforts for world peace and security.
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