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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on Chinese activities in the South China Sea:

“Today’s unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration should be a wake-up call to China that its activities in the South China Sea are contrary to international law. I’m disappointed by China’s rejection of the tribunal’s ruling, which is inconsistent with past statements by Chinese leaders that Beijing would settle all territorial and maritime disputes in the South and East China only in an international court.

“China’s claim to nearly 90 percent of the South China Sea through its ‘nine-dashed line,’ its land reclamation in the Spratly Island chains and its interference with Philippine fishermen’s access to their historic fishing grounds were all unanimously rejected by the tribunal. 

“I urge China to abide by the tribunal’s binding ruling, to clarify its territorial claims based on international law and work constructively with its neighbors to redraw maritime boundaries. Should China continue on its current path outside of established international norms, the region could grow increasingly unstable. 

“I applaud the Philippines’ decision to pursue peaceful arbitration of this dispute and urge other claimants to do the same.”