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South China Sea territorial dispute ruling 'expected this year'

22 June 2016

A UN tribunal deliberating a dispute between the Philippines and China over claims to the South China Sea will deliver a verdict in 2016.

While the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has little power to enforce its rulings, any decision it makes is likely to increase what is already a tense geopolitical situation.

China has consistently stated it does not recognise the legitimacy of the PCA in this instance and has not participated in the arbitration process, which has been running since 2013.

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