China rejects ruling in favor of Philippines

Since former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III unilaterally initiated the arbitration against China in January of 2013, tensions have been brewing in the South China Sea. On Tuesday, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague released a ruling that was not favorable to China. But China holds the same stance it did three years ago: it does not recognize the proceedings. President Xi Jinping reaffirmed that Nanhaizhudao, or the South China Sea islands, have been Chinese territory since ancient times. What’s next? Zhu Feng of the China Center For Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea at Nanjing University, Stefan Talmon of the Institute of Public International Law at the University of Bonn, and Dean Cheng of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation discuss the issues.

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