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

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…

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