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Why the South China Sea Matters

Graeme Dobell Security, Asia  A test and display of Beijing’s aims and actions. International law has had its go at the waters of the South China Sea, and what a magnificent splash. The ruling from The Hague on July 12 was surprisingly definitive. As Mira Rapp-Hooper comments: “The tribunal ruled in favour of the Philippines on almost every count, declaring nearly all of China’s maritime claims in the region invalid under international law…China’s defeat was so crushing that it has left Beijing few ways to save face.
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