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Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China on Resolutely Safeguard China's Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights in the South China Sea

On 12 July 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the unilateral request of the Republic of the Philippines ignored the basic facts, trampled international law and basic norms of international relations, and made the so-called "ruling" announcement which seriously damaged China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights. The Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China solemnly declares that the announcement is null and void and has no binding force. All ethnic China youth groups strongly oppose and never recognize it.

Nanhai Zhudao (the South China Sea Islands) are Chinese territory since the ancient times. China has a solid historical and legal foundation of territorial sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea. China enjoys indisputable sovereignty in Nanhai Zhudao. Our ancestors have lived and worked on Nanhai Zhudao from generations to generations, exercising sovereignty and jurisdiction over them continuously and effectively. The South China Sea is the home of all Chinese people. All ethnic China youth groups are committed to guarding our rights with all our efforts.

The South China Sea used to be a peaceful place. The Chinese government and people have always demonstrated great sincerity and patience and have made great efforts to ensure the stability of the South China Sea. However, under the extended power with ulterior motives behind the Philippine government, the Aquino III abandoned the promises and blatantly provocated to the Chinese government and people. It will not shake Chinese divine sovereignty in the South China Sea. Instead, it strengthens our determination to defend for its sovereignty.

All ethnic China youth groups are always be the fresh troops of our country. We firmly support all the necessary measures and justice actions the Chinese government taking to safeguard national territorial sovereignty, insistently support to maintain the international rules of law as well as pursue international equity and justice. We will always stand firmly with China and the Chinese people, waiting for the call of our motherland and our people!

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