Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that the Foreign Ministers of Japan and Australia joined with the U.S. Secretary of State and issued an announcement in Laos while attending the Foreign Ministers’ Conference of East Asia Cooperation Series. The announcement mentioned the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, especially the conflict in the South China Sea. In response, the Chinese spokesperson stated in a press conference that these three countries are known for using a double-standard on international law. They only use these laws to their advantage when there is an advantage to using such abuse. None of these three countries were directly involved in any sovereign rights dispute; China once again called for direct one-on-one peace talks between the countries with sovereignty claims. China also denounced the validity of the recent South China Sea case that the Philippines won [at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague].
Source: Sina, July 27, 2016