BEIJING — China has insisted on Wednesday that it had sovereignty over the South China Sea, defying an international tribunal ruling that its claims to a vast swathe of the waters had no legal basis.
China was ‘the first to have discovered, named, and explored and exploited’ the islands of the South China Sea islands and their waters, and had ‘continuously, peacefully and effectively exercised sovereignty and jurisdiction over them’, Beijing said in a white paper on settling disputes with the Philippines, which brought the case in The Hague.
The white paper said China wanted to settle its regional dispute with the Philippines ‘on the basis of respecting historical facts’.
But, the document is in direct contradiction to the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday, which said that ‘there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources’.
The UN-backed tribunal also said that any ‘historic rights’ to resources in the waters of the South China Sea were ‘extinguished’ when China signed up to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Bakar-Eid being celebrated
POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.
The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.
Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.
The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.
The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost