China censored the BBC News Channel as an international tribunal at the Hague ruled that the country has no claims to the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The channel was replaced with a blank screen as the station was poised to report on a judgement favourable to the Philippines.

Weibo users overwhelmingly opposed the judgement and said that the Western media is biased towards the Philippines.

“Look at the Western media, it’s all criticising China, BBC, NHK – Western media is unfair, and has intentions,” one commenter said.

A commenter against the ruling. Photo: Weibo screencap.

Another said: “Although BBC and CNN wants to lead the discussion in favour of the Philippines, but excuse me? The South China Sea carries China’s name! The sea was China’s, is China’s and will always be China’s.”

China opposed the ruling and has not taken part in the trial. The country has maintained its stance of “not accepting, not participating, and not recognising” the ruling.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.