Full Text: The South China Sea Ruling
An international arbitration court ruled Tuesday on China's claims to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea, a strategic waterway that hosts more than $5 trillion of trade annually and possesses untapped energy reserves. Those claims have long overlapped those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, but tensions have risen as an increasingly powerful China harasses fishermen, reclaims land and seizes territory.
Below is the court's ruling in full.
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