South China Sea: Tensions skyrocket as US ally Japan lashes out at Beijing in violent blow
Speaking at the time, Chinese president Xi Jinping said the superpower’s “territorial sovereignty and marine rights” in the seas would not be affected as he rejected the ruling.
Donald Trump consistently challenged China during his term in office, flaring tensions in the disputed waters.
Japan’s involvement, revealed by the South China Morning Post, was highlighted following a message to the United Nations on Tuesday which claimed Beijing was not meeting conditions set out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The note, addressed to UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, referred to The Hague ruling.