The Hague: Judges at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday gave a ruling in favour of Philippines and rejecting China’s claims to economic rights across large part of the South China Sea.
The Arbitration Court ruling referring to a demarcation line on a 1947 map of the sea rich in energy, mineral and fishing resources says: “There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line.”
China boycotted the case initiated by the Philippines. Reacting to the ruling, China today said: “The arbitration tribunal made the illegal and invalid so-called final verdict on the South China Sea dispute on July 12. Regarding this issue, China has made the statement for many times that it is against the international law that the Aquino IIIadministration of Philippines unilaterally requested the arbitration. The arbitration tribunal has no jurisdiction on this matter.”
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