Arbitration Court Rules Strongly in Favor of the Philippines Against China in Spratley’s Issue

The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines in the latter’s dispute with China over ownership of the Spratley island chain in the South China Sea. The court said that the Philippines’ sovereign rights were violated by Chinese actions, including blocking off Filipino fishermen and building artificial islands in the area. China has repeatedly said that it would ignore the decision, but the ruling is expected to…

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