Beijing’s dilemma after South China Sea ruling: Double down or cool down?

July 13, 2016 11:48 AM

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For months now, the Communist Party has been whipping up nationalist sentiment, casting the Philippines’ South China Sea case as an illegal and humiliating foreign plot.

On Tuesday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague delivered what was widely seen as stunning rebuke, finding “no legal basis” for the country’s expansive maritime claims.

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