China May Cave On South China Sea, Despite Early Resolve

By Caroline Simson (July 12, 2016, 10:24 PM EDT) -- 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 as 30 miles from the Philippines' coast — violated an international treaty known as the...

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