Peace and Freedom

China at odds with most of its littoral neighbors over territorial claims.
By Daniel J. Graeber

A Chinese Coastguard vessel (far left) patrols near the BRP Sierra Madre (wreck on right), a marooned transport ship which Philippine Marines live on as a military outpost, in the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea March 30, 2014. China has said it feels “pressured” by the Philippines in the South China Sea. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (UPI) — A tribunal set up at the request of the government of the Philippines has no jurisdiction over claims to the South China Sea, the Chinese government said.

China is at odds with its neighbors over claims to parts of the South China Sea. The government in Manila took its case to international arbiters in The Hague, arguing Beijing has taken assertive action to stake its claims…

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