International court backs Philippines in South China Sea dispute


A United Nations tribunal today ruled in favour of the Philippines, in a case it bought against Chinese claims to maritime rights in the South China Sea.

Beijing had ramped up its rhetoric ahead of the decision, with president Xi Jinping warning earlier this month that it is “not afraid of trouble”.

Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of think tank The Henry Jackson Society, said: “China’s attempts to create a nine-dash line for power projection and natural resource extraction purposes should now cease.”

“The challenge will now be to ensure China complies with the ruling and stops creating facts on the ground contrary to the judgement.”

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