US Calls for Calm After Ruling Against China’s South China Sea Claims

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.

INTERNATIONAL COURT RULES AGAINST CHINA IN TERRITORIAL DISPUTE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA — WASHINGTON TIMES

‘THE FARCE SHOULD COME TO AN END’: CHINA REACTS TO LOSING SOUTH CHINA SEA CASE — BREITBART

TRIBUNAL RULING: VICTORY FOR PHILIPPINES, OTHER SOUTH CHINA SEA CLAIMANTS — ASIA TIMES

CHINA IGNORED RULES, NEIGHBORS AND ECOSYSTEM: HAGUE TRIBUNAL — ASIA TIMES

ANGRY CHINA WARNS AGAINST TURNING SEA INTO CRADLE OF WAR — ASIA TIMES

CHINA SAYS HAGUE TRIBUNAL’S RULING IS NULL AND VOID — ASIA TIMES

CHINA’S SOUTH SEA CLAIMS WERE ALWAYS ABOUT EMOTION, NOT HISTORY — TNI

NOW FOR THE HARD PART: CONVERTING LAW INTO ORDER IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — TNI

THE HAGUE HAS RULED AGAINST CHINA. TIME TO ENFORCE IT — TNI

TSAI ING-WEN TELLS WARSHIP CREW TO DEFEND TAIWAN’S INTERESTS AS THEY SET OFF FOR ISLAND IN SOUTH CHINA SEA — SCMP

70 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION, CONFLICT AND COMBAT ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA — SCMP

CHINA’S XI JINPING REJECTS ANY ACTION BASED ON INTERNATIONAL COURT’S SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING — SCMP

SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING ‘THREATENS TO DEEPEN TENSIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND US’ — SCMP

DEMS URGE TREATY RATIFICATION AFTER SOUTH CHINA SEA RULING — THE HILL

S. CHINA SEA ARBITRATION: A US-LED CONSPIRACY BEHIND THE FARCE — CN

FEDS FUMBLE SOUTH CHINA SEA RESPONSE — WASHINGHTON EXAMINER

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