sweeping blow to Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. An international tribunal in the Hague on Tuesday, ruling China has no historic or legal sovereign claim to the region, which is hotly disputed by several countries. The court says China's claims run against UN conventions.
And Beijing has breached the sovereign rights of the Philippines. A big win for Manila, which brought the case forward in the first place. China refuses to recognizes the ruling, immediately calling it ill-founded. But as Reuters' Greg Torogue reports, this definitely spells trouble for Beijing.>> China's clearly very concerned.
It's tried to say this court has no jurisdiction, that nobody can challenge its sovereign rights in the South China Sea. But it's clearly worried. The big question now is given the ruling has gone mostly the Philippines' way, how China responds, whether it takes action at sea despite US warnings and US pressure.
And will it try to grab some more islands from the Philippines or say, Vietnam? Will it try to build on the Scarborough Shoal inside the Philippines' exclusive economic zone? But certainly going into the ruling, things with the situation at sea was very tense indeed. And we're expecting it to be tense for some time yet.
>> China has wasted no time hitting back. As soon as the ruling was announced, state media said Beijing had landed planes at two new airports built on the new Spratly Islands. They're artificially reclaimed on reefs and according to the Hague, do not grant China rights to the waters around them.