AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 12 (UPI) — An international tribunal in the Hague on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Philippines in its dispute with China over resource rights in the South China Sea.
The court concluded China has no legal basis to claim rights to large swaths of international waters in the region falling within the so-called “nine-dash line”
The Philippines government “strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing disputes in the South China Sea,” it said in a statment.
The Chinese government declared the ruling “ill-founded.”
The two nations have argued over Bejing’s claiming of nearly all of the South China Sea, including areas claimed by other countries. The Philippines government decided in 2013 to make its case before the Hague.