With 55% of votes counted, Mark Rutte’s VVD Party was projected to win 32 of parliament’s 150 seats, down from 41 at the last vote in 2012.
“You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join,” said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
Moscow never ratified the ICC treaty, which it signed in 2000, meaning it never became a member subject to its jurisdiction.
State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the US was not a party to the Rome Statute that created the ICC in The Hague and had not consented to ICC jurisdiction.
The results of a full investigation could potentially lead to charges being brought against individuals and the issuing of an arrest warrant.
South Africa and Burundi’s exit will likely embolden other African states to leave the ICC.
Syrian writer and activist Yassin al-Haj Saleh voices his criticism of an international consensus that has come to see the Syrian conflict in Bashar al-Assad’s terms – as a fight against terrorism.
The announcement comes soon after similar decisions this month by South Africa and Burundi to abandon the institution.
The Pacific Ocean nation had filed a suit at the court against India, Pakistan and the UK for failing to control nuclear arms race.
A statement by ASEAN on Wednesday listed eight points related to the South China Sea, but made no mention of the ruling that declared illegal some of China’s artificial islands in the sea and invalidated its claims to almost the entire waterway.
Making no direct mention of the South China Sea or The Hague ruling, China court said its judicial interpretation is in accordance with both Chinese law and United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Some elements in the Chinese military are pressing for a stronger response on the South China Sea dispute, but the leadership is wary of straining its relations with the US.
If the Antrix-Devas deal was a massive scandal, why are international arbitrations ruling against the Indian government for having cancelled it?
The PCA tribunal decision states that by denying the commercial use of S-band spectrum, the government has expropriated the investments of Devas’s foreign shareholders, thus making it liable to pay financial compensation.
In its rush to bring China down a peg, New Delhi should not forget to underscore the political basis of its own territorial and commercial interests in the region.
Glimpses of the horizon ahead after the UN ruling: Southeast Asia is cautious, the US and its allies hail the ruling, Pakistan backs Beijing and India is admirably nuanced.
It would make more sense for Beijing to explore some of the peaceful coexistence options that have been hinted at by Manila.
China may have denounced the verdict, but it cannot continue to bully its neighbours. The international community must now work to make it part of the solution.
“There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” the court said.
Though the case over disputed territorial claims is to be heard by Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, China does not consider the court’s ruling to be legally binding.
Besides the conflict with Philippines, China has been angered by US patrols in the South China Sea and as a result, will be holding military drills in the sea.
The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims with China over South China Sea.
The consensus among officials and analysts inside and out the region is that the ruling will go largely against Beijing.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said New Delhi supported the role of international law in the dispute, but stopped short of saying that the ruling by The Hague should be binding.
Tokyo is worried that Chinese control of a waterway through which some $5 trillion of global trade passes a year would threaten Japan’s national security.
Tension between the Philippines and China has been rising as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to deliver a ruling in the next few months in a case about the South China Sea lodged by Manila in 2013.
Under outgoing President Benigno Aquino, the Philippines moved closer to Washington, in turn straining ties with China.
The Supreme Court had ruled last week he was free to go home at least until Italy’s dispute with India over jurisdiction in the case, which is now in international arbitration, is over.
The dispute has strained relations between India and Italy and its European Union partners.