Chinese claim over South China Sea has no legal basisPhilippines had earlier (in 2013) moved to the International Tribunal objecting to China's claim over the South China Sea. A five-member panel has now given the ruling rejecting China's claim. The said ruling is a massive victory to Philippines, which had filed the case in 2013 challenging the so-called nine-dash line that China has been using to claim virtually the entire South China Sea. Manila opposed it because it infringes upon its own 200-mile exclusive economic zone.
However, it may be stated that China did not contest the case, and it has now outrightly rejected the verdict. Although the verdict is not enforceable, it is a major diplomatic setback for the Asian super-power.