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[*] Post 503625 posted on 12-7-2016 at 10:30 Reply With Quote
China South China Seas claim rejected -



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BEIJING — An international tribunal in The Hague delivered a sweeping rebuke on Tuesday of China’s behavior in the South China Sea, from the construction of artificial islands to interference with fishing, and ruled that its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis.

The tribunal also said that Beijing had violated international law by “causing severe harm to the coral reef environment” and by failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from harvesting endangered sea turtles and other species “on a substantial scale.”

The landmark case, brought by the Philippines, was seen as an important crossroads in China’s rise as a global power. It is the first time the Chinese government has been summoned before the international justice system, and neighboring countries have hoped that the outcome will provide a model for negotiating with Beijing or for challenging its assertive tactics in the region.

“It’s an overwhelming victory. We won on every significant point,” the Philippines’ chief counsel in the case, Paul S. Reichler, said after the decision was announced. “This is a remarkable victory for the Philippines.”

China, which refused to participate in the tribunal’s proceedings, has expressed defiance about the case, insisting for months that it would ignore the decision and risk being labeled an international outlaw.

In a tough speech in Washington last week, a former senior Chinese official said that the findings would amount to no more than “waste paper” and that China would not back down from its activities in the South China Sea even in the face of a fleet of American aircraft carriers.

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[*] Post 503628 posted on 12-7-2016 at 13:20 Reply With Quote


I don't think the Chinese will leave the islands because of this. They probably already knew it was illegal, but went ahead anyway. And they've spent a lot of money on them.

I wonder what the next move is?
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[*] Post 503630 posted on 12-7-2016 at 14:54 Reply With Quote


So........what do we do now?
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