July 2016: International Court Rebukes China

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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International Court Rebukes China
Image of protestors protesting china's attempt to reclaim the sea
On July 12, 2016, an international court in The Hague rebukes China's actions in the South China Sea. This is the first time China is summoned by the international justice system. The suit is brought by the Philippines and all five judges unanimously rule against China. China claims historic rights to the sea. However, the tribunal says that China violated international law by causing irreversible damage to the sea environment, they are endangering Philippine ships and trade routes, as well as interfering with Philippine fishing. Although the decision is legally binding, there is no way to enforce the decision. The Chinese Foreign Ministry states, "The tribunal's decision is invalid and has no binding force, China does not accept or recognize it."
Photo source: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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