An international court handed down a decision that pointed a finger at the unjustness of Beijing’s self-serving actions and statements related to its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Regarding the so-called nine-dash line – based on which China claims sovereignty – the arbitration court said “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights”. The court also said “there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control” over the resources and waters.
The international court further concluded that China was not entitled to an exclusive economic zone for the artificial islands it has constructed in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
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