US, EU Warn China on South China Sea Dispute

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  • The United States and the European Union warned China that it should respect an international court ruling on its dispute with the Philippines over territory in the South China Sea.
  • China claims virtually all the South China Sea and rejects the authority of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Amy Searight, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, said that there would be costs to China for not respecting it if it lost the case.