China's claim to a large swathe of the South China Sea was refuted Tuesday by an international tribunal, in a case brought by the Philippines over contested islets in the resource-rich area.
China has said it does not recognise the Arbitral Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. "As the panel has no jursidiction, its decision is naturally null and void," state-run news agency Xinhua wrote.
The Philippines claim that the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal were part of its Exclusive Economic Zone under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Both lie within an area claimed by China known as the nine-dash line, which covers territory claimed by several nearby nations.