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    Southeast Asia
     Jun 5, '14


Beijing shrugs off 'nine-dash' demand
By Radio Free Asia

An international tribunal has asked China to submit evidence defending its territorial claims in the South China Sea within six months, but Beijing shrugged off the request Wednesday, saying



it does not recognize the case brought by rival claimant the Philippines.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Hague-based inter-governmental body that hears international disputes, issued a statement on Tuesday saying it has given China until December 15 to submit its arguments against a complaint by the Philippines, which questioned the legality of China’s so-called "nine-dash line", encompassing virtually the entire South China Sea.

The Philippines had on March 30 filed a 4,000-page memorial with the PCA detailing its case and seeking to clarify territorial rights in the South China Sea, arguing that Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea has no legal basis. More ...

Copyright (c) 2014, Radio Free Asia. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Asia


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