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.
- JUMP TO: Summary Press Release from The Hague on The South China Sea Arbitration
- JUMP TO: Full Ruling from The Hague on The South China Sea Arbitration
- Read the ruling in unofficial Chinese translation.
- Read the ruling in French
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But Beijing has claimed that the arbitration body in The Hague has no authority to hear the case. China neither accepts nor recognizes the result.
“The award is null and void and has no binding force,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.”
The Philippine government welcomed a ruling that rejects China’s ‘nine-dash line’ claiming much of the South China Sea.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in Manila the “milestone decision” was an important contribution to efforts in addressing disputes in the sea.
The tribunal issued its ruling Tuesday in The Hague in response to an arbitration case brought by the Philippines against China.
Story compiled with information from Xinhua and The Associated Press.