A senior U.S. official says that an upcoming ruling on a case brought by the Philippines to arbitrate territorial claims in the South China Sea will also be binding on China despite its boycott of the proceedings.
China contends it won’t be bound by the ruling that the Hague-based tribunal will deliver this year.
He said that a recent summit, President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders agreed on the need to respect such legal processes for resolving disputes.
Picture above: A pair of Chinese civilian jet airliners landed at the newly created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea in a test to see whether its airstrip was up to standard, state media reported.
The China Daily newspaper said the two planes made the two-hour flight to Fiery Cross Reef from Haikou on the southern island province of Hainan.
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- US concerned by China’s ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea (ibtimes.co.uk)
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