Australia has formally declared that China’s major maritime claims in the South China Sea have “no legal basis” and are invalid.
The move comes after the United States formally rejected Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea earlier this month.
The Australian government said in a declaration filed at the United Nations in New York that it rejects any of the Chinese regime’s claims to key parts of the South China Sea that are inconsistent with the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has laid claim to most of the South China Sea, citing the so-called “nine dash line,” a vaguely-defined U-shaped delineation that carves out the regions where it claims “historic rights” to resources within the sea.
Original Source: By MIMI NGUYEN LY The Epoch Times