Maritime Dispute Exposes Rifts in China's Foreign Ministry

December 20, 2015 12:24 AM

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Maritime Dispute Exposes Rifts in China's Foreign Ministry

A debate in China’s foreign ministry on how to respond -- or whether to respond -- to a court case over the disputed South China Sea highlights how tensions over policy are complicating President Xi Jinping’s efforts to project the country as a responsible power.

China is boycotting arbitration hearings brought by the Philippines in The Hague that are heading to a conclusion next year, saying it doesn’t recognize the court’s jurisdiction. That fits its approach of dealing with disputes on a state-to-state basis, rather than through courts or international gr...

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