China Loses Spratly Island Dispute in The Hague – IOTW Report

China Loses Spratly Island Dispute in The Hague

The Permanent Court of Arbitration under the UN treaty for the Law of the Sea found against China’s efforts to build artificial islands and lay claim to the South China Sea. The complaint was brought by The Philippines against the Communist country and though China has declared its intention to ignore the ruling, it deals a hard blow to the legitimacy of China’s effort to dominate the regional waters.

At issue was China’s claim that a 1947 map with a dashed line running through the disputed waters recognized its sovereignty over the area (called the nine dash line). The Arbitration panel found that China’s islands are not legitimate land features and that the Chinese have done “severe harm” to the environment with their island building campaign. Thus denying China’s claims of control over much of the South China Sea.

While the panel’s determination are binding, it has no enforcement mechanism.


7 Comments on China Loses Spratly Island Dispute in The Hague

  1. While I appreciate the decision, were that court to decide against American interests I would probably react as China will to this decision.

  2. We would not be trying to steal anything like the Chinese are. Therein lies the difference. The Chinese will be artfully indignant.

  3. Like the Chinese give a crap about a decision from the Hague. They’ll protest it as the west trying to stop legitimate Chinese economic expansion and continue on. The US won’t do a damn thing and the other governments involved are too small.

  4. I’m sure China’s shaking in their flip-flops … or space boots … or cheap imitation Nikes …

    izlamo delenda est …

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