South China Sea

Not a surprise

Print edition : August 19, 2016

A May 11, 2015, photograph showing land reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The Tribunal set up by the Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled that there is no legal basis for China's claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. Photo: Ritchie B. Tongo/AP

Protesters shout slogans against China at a gathering to mark the 28th anniversary of the Spratly Islands clashes between Vietnam and China, at a public park in Hanoi on March 14. Vietnam, which initially supported the nine-dash line claims of China, is now one of the vociferous critics of China's territorial claims in the region. Photo: KHAM/REUTERS

The verdict of the International Tribunal rejecting China’s claims hands a propaganda platform against the country to the United States and Japan.
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