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Chinese newspapers condemn Hague Tribunal ruling on South China Sea

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Chinese newspapers condemn Hague Tribunal ruling on South China Sea

The Hague-based arbitration court ruled Tuesday that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to resources in the South China Sea areas falling within the "nine-dash line" and that all high-tide features in the Spratly Islands, including Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island (also known as Itu Aba), are legally "rocks".

The commissioning ceremony for the new 052D Yinchuan destroyer was held at a naval port in Sanya in the Hainan province, which is located on an island that is the nation's southernmost point.

The Philippines has said that Beijing should respect an worldwide tribunal's ruling that rejected Chinese claims to most of the South China Sea, adding that it will raise the issue at a regional summit.

China warned its rivals not to turn the South China Sea into a "cradle of war" on Wednesday, threatening an air defence zone there, after its claims to the strategically vital waters were declared invalid. "This would depend on our overall assessment", Liu said in a briefing.

The PCA's ruling also stressed that China has violated its duty to respect the traditional fishing rights of Philippine fishermen at Scarborough Shoal, affirming that China's acts make its disputes with the Philippines in the sea more serious.

Duterte's remarks came after a UN-backed global tribunal on Tuesday ruled against China's claim to most of the South China Sea in what is widely seen as a diplomatic victory for the Philippines.

Asserting that it "does not accept and does not recognise" the ruling, China has rejected the verdict as "null and void".

Probably not. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian nations-which includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brunei-have for more than a decade sought to broker an agreement with China to resolve the competing claims.

Al Jazeera looks at the implications of the ruling for China's row with Japan in the East China Sea.

First, we should not forget that for China and other claimants the issue of sovereignty is at the heart of the South China Sea disputes. While Beijing maintains it will ignore the ruling, Liu said there are hopes of relaunching bilateral talks with Manila over the South Sea China.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said it would continue to send planes and ships to the South China Sea on patrol missions and to defend Taiwan's territory and sovereignty.

The Philippines lodged the case against Chinese incursions over its territories with the worldwide court in 2013.

The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on Wednesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten control and claim on the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS) even as it insisted that asserting Philippine rightful claim in the disputed area should be in any peaceful way possible.

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