MILCOM — The U.S. called for calm and renewed diplomacy Tuesday following China’s angry rejection of an international tribunal’s ruling against its artificial islands and military buildup on disputed shoals and islets in the South China Sea.
The Pentagon had no immediate comment, but the State Department issued a non-confrontational statement expressing the vague hope that the tribunal’s action could now serve as a catalyst for negotiations among the various claimants in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.
“This decision can and should serve as a new opportunity to renew efforts to address maritime disputes peacefully,” the State Department said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later said that “this tribunal ruling is final and binding on both parties” — China and the Philippines, which filed the case.
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