BBC: South China Sea: China defiant as tribunal backs Philippines
China has firmly rejected an international tribunal ruling that its claims to rights in the South China Sea have no legal basis.
President Xi Jinping said China's "territorial sovereignty and marine rights" in the seas would not be affected by the ruling "in any way".
But he insisted China was still "committed to resolving disputes" with its neighbours.
The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
The tribunal, based in the Hague, ruled that there was no evidence that China had historic rights to the waters or resources that fell within its "nine-dash line", and was violating the Philippine's sovereign rights with its operations there.
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