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Historical documents back China’s claims over South China Sea

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has reiterated US concerns about China’s construction in the South China Sea. He said the US views the forthcoming tribunal ruling over maritime disputes between China and the Philippines as an opportunity to reduce tensions. The Philippines filed an arbitration case challenging China’s claims in the region. However, China has said it will not recognise any ruling. It stands by its “indisputable sovereignty”, saying it’s based on historical evidence. CCTV reporter Han Bin talks with Professor Wu Shicun, President of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in south China’s Hainan Province. Professor Wu explains China’s official position through his decades of research.

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