An international tribunal has found that there is no legal basis for China's "nine-dash line" claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. But Beijing has claimed that the arbitration body in the Hague has no authority to hear the case.
China’s sovereignty, rights and relevant claims in the South China Sea are gradually formed and developed by the practice of the Chinese people throughout millennia and have been upheld by successive Chinese governments.
The United States State Department issued reaction to the Hague Tribunal's decision on the South China Sea arbitration . The following statement is from John Kirby, the Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs.
The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper to expound on its position, which calls for settling relevant disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea through negotiation.
The South China Sea is a part of the Pacific Ocean that includes an area between Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan – around 1,400,000 square miles. It is located:
* South of mainland China, including the island of Taiwan, in the east
* East of Vietnam and Cambodia
* West of the Philippines
* East of the Malay peninsula and Sumatra, up to the Strait of Malacca in the west
* North of the Bangka–Belitung Islands and Borneo
The minute and mostly uninhabited islands of the South China Sea number in the hundreds.