An international tribunal has found that there is no legal basis for China's "nine-dash line" claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. But Beijing has claimed that the arbitration body in the Hague has no authority to hear the case.
The South China Sea is a part of the Pacific Ocean that includes an area between Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan – around 1,400,000 square miles. It is located:
* South of mainland China, including the island of Taiwan, in the east
* East of Vietnam and Cambodia
* West of the Philippines
* East of the Malay peninsula and Sumatra, up to the Strait of Malacca in the west
* North of the Bangka–Belitung Islands and Borneo
The minute and mostly uninhabited islands of the South China Sea number in the hundreds.