Hague tribunal to rule in tense South China Sea row

The South China Sea is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in BeijingAn international tribunal will hand down a ruling on Tuesday in an increasingly bitter dispute over the South China Sea, in a closely-watched case that risks ratcheting up tensions in Southeast Asia. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) — the world’s oldest international arbitration tribunal — will issue a written decision at 11:00 am (0900 GMT) after the Philippines challenged China’s claim over much of the strategic waterway. Manila lodged the suit against Beijing in 2013, saying after 17 years of negotiations it had exhausted all other political and diplomatic avenues.

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