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SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING 'LEGALLY BINDING'
Q: The permanent court of arbitration issued its ruling on the Philippines South China Sea case on July 12. What is your administration's approach to the ruling and how will it engage on it with a Chinese government that has already indicated it does not recognise the ruling?
A: The United States is committed to a regional order rooted in international rules and norms, including freedom of navigation, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. That’s the only way to ensure our common security. We believe that big nations should not bully smaller nations, and that the sovereignty of nations must be respected. And we have long urged that disputes be resolved peacefully, including through mechanisms like international arbitration.
The Philippines made a lawful and peaceful effort to resolve their maritime claims with China using the tribunal established under the Law of the Sea Convention (Unclos). The tribunal’s ruling delivered a clear and legally binding decision on maritime claims in the South China Sea as they relate to China and the Philippines—and that ruling should be respected. We believe this decision can and should serve as an opportunity to renew efforts to address maritime claims peacefully. And we continue to urge China and other claimants to work constructively to resolve these disagreements, so that the South China Sea – which is so vital to the global economy -- can be defined by commerce and cooperation.
菲律宾使用根据海洋法公约（UNCLOS）设立的仲裁，作出了合法及和平的努力，以解决其与中国的海洋纷争。仲裁庭就中国与菲律宾的南中国海的纷争的裁决传递了一个明确的和具有法律约束力的决定，判决应该得到尊重。我们相信，这个决定能够而且应该作为一个契机，作出新的努力以和平方式解决海洋纷争。我们将继续敦促中国和其他声索方作出建设性努力，解决这些分歧，使南中国海 - 该海域对全球经济至关重要 - 成为商务与合作的海域。
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