China May Cave On South China Sea, Despite Early Resolve

China was steadfast in its refusal Tuesday to recognize a legally binding international tribunal's ruling for the Philippines in a battle over maritime rights in the South China Sea, but experts say China will likely have only one good option in the long run: backing down.

The Philippines submitted the territorial dispute to arbitration in 2013, claiming that China's so-called "nine-dash line" — which follows the outline of the South China Sea and extends as far as 800 miles from China's mainland coast, and as close...

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