The West is trying to show China its place as China is setting its claims for disputed islands in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, Beijing has refused to recognize the jurisdiction of The Hague Tribunal and threatened to pull out from the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Chinese government feels the powerful support of the population on the issue and is ready for a confrontation with the West. Will the West take the challenge from China?
On July 10, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that China had no "historical right" for the disputed territories in the South China Sea. It was also said that China has thus violated the sovereign rights of the Philippines. The naturally inhabited islands have 12 nautical miles of territorial administration and 200 nautical miles of exclusive economic zone. The dispute also affects the Spratly archipelago, as this is the reef that was artificially transformed into islands, the ruling said.