July 2016: International Court Rebukes China
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of July 2016.
1. ISIS-Inspired Attacks Increasing 2. Death of Holocaust Survivor Elie Weisel 3. Oscar Pistorius Sentenced in Murder Case 4. Pokemon Go Launches 5. Violence in South Sudan 6. Portugal Tops France in Euro 2016 7. Wimbledon Winners 8. Australia's Turnbull Claims Victory 9. Theresa May: Britain's Next PM 10. North Korea Cuts U.S. Ties 11. International Court Rebukes China 12. Deadly Truck Attack in Nice, France 13. Attempted Coup in Turkey Fails 14. Henrik Stenson Wins British Open 15. Germany Gets Violent 16. Chris Froome Wins Tour de France 17. Japan Suffers Mass Stabbing 18. ISIS Kills Priest in France
- International Court Rebukes China
- 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