‘Null and void’: Chinese media slam West Philippine Sea ruling

Don Kevin Hapal
‘Null and void’: Chinese media slam West Philippine Sea ruling
Media organizations from Beijing describe the ruling as 'ill-founded' and accuse the arbitral tribunal of being 'law-abusing'

MANILA, Philippines – It came as no surprise that Chinese media immediately rejected the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the Philippines’ historic case against China.

On Tuesday, July 12, media organizations from Beijing called the ruling “ill-founded” and the arbitral tribunal “law-abusing.”

Announcing the decision, Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency said on Twitter that the ruling was “null and void”. (READ: TEXT: Summary of ruling on Philippines-China case)


Xinhua added that the tribunal handling the case was “unilaterally initiated by the former Philippine government” amid a “global chorus that as the panel has no jurisdiction, its decision is naturally null and void.”

In its later tweets, Xinhua also wrote that the “unilateral initiation of the South China Sea arbitration by the Philippines is out of bad faith and violates international law.” (READ: China rejects tribunal judgment on West PH Sea)



Other state-run media organizations echoed Xinhua’s report on Twitter.



People’s Daily China also tweeted that “China’s sovereignty, maritime rights and interest in the South China Sea will not be affected by [the] award.”



The tweets from Chinese media triggered angry responses from Filipino netizens.




Most of the news organizations in mainland China are state-run, with Xinhua, CCTV, and People’s Daily considered the biggest.

China has repeatedly said it would not accept judicial arbitration on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute.

Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, putting it in conflict with several of its neighbors. (READ: CHEAT SHEET: What you need to know about PH-China case– Rappler.com

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.