South China Sea: China Says U.S. Trying to Influence Philippines’ Legal Case — But Maybe China’s Many Violations of International Law Are Just Too Big To Ignore


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Protesters make noise during a rally regarding the disputed islands in the South China Sea, in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati city, metro Manila July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday the United States was trying to influence a South China Sea arbitration case filed by the Philippines after a senior U.S. official said China would be obligated to abide by the tribunal’s decision.

China has for years insisted that disputes with rival claimants to the South China Sea be handled…

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