Beijing South China Sea claims rejected by court
July 12, Beijing: An international tribunal has ruled against Chinese claims to rights in South China Sea, backing a case brought by the Philippines, reports said.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration said there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources.
However, China described the ruling as "ill-founded". China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also claimed by others.
The tribunal in The Hague said China had violated the Philippines' sovereign rights. It also said China had caused "severe harm to the coral reef environment" by building artificial islands.
The Oslo Times International News Network