The alleged on-going land reclamation of China at Subi reef is seen from Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015.
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Reuters: Ahead of key court ruling, Beijing in propaganda overdrive
As an international tribunal prepares to rule on Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, officials in Washington, Tokyo and Southeast Asia are on tenterhooks.
Yet, in the words of one senior Chinese official, Beijing does not care.
On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague will rule on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its territorial claims and actions across the disputed waters and vital global trade route.
Beijing claims some 90 percent of the South China Sea, and the Philippines is challenging it under a United Nations maritime convention.
"We do not know, we don't care, in fact, when this arbitration decision will be made, because no matter what kind of decision this tribunal is going to make, we think it is totally wrong," China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, told Reuters at a recent lunch in London.
"It has no impact on China, on China's sovereignty over these reefs, over the islands. And it will set a serious, wrong and bad example. We will not fight this case in court, but we will certainly fight for our sovereignty."
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WNU editor: China knows that this ruling will go against it .... so to save face they are now pushing their agenda and claims both nationally and internationally. My prediction .... this ruling will isolate China from much of Asia, and the more that China pushes back, the more that neighbouring states will be forced to work together to counter China.