U.S. and EU warn China on need to respect South China Sea ruling

February 18, 2016 12:48 AM

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U.S. and EU warn China on need to respect South China Sea ruling

WASHINGTON The United States and the European Union warned China on Wednesday that it should respect an international court ruling expected later this year on its dispute with the Philippines over territory in the South China Sea.

China claims virtually all the South China Sea and rejects the authority of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague hearing the dispute, even though Beijing has ratified the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea on which the case is based.

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