China's Claims In South China Sea Invalid, Tribunal Rules, In Victory For The Philippines

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China "solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no binding force. China neither accepts nor recognizes it," the ministry said in a statement.

BEIJING — Delivering a sweeping moral victory for the Philippines, an international tribunal ruled Tuesday that China's claims to "historic rights" across a vast expanse of the South China Sea are invalid. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, also said that no land formations in the South China Sea — whoever controls them…