South China Sea Verdict: Reactions from Chinese (Social) Media

A verdict has come out in the case of the South China Sea that was brought to the tribunal in The Hague by the Philippines which argues that Chinese activities in the region are illegal. Big news that has got Chinese (social) media talking. Check out our latest Weivlog here.

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What I’d like to see is all the countries that China has slighted (Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand) recognize Taiwan as an independent nation – since China won’t recognize other nations sovereign territory, then these countries should not recognize what China claims to be its sovereign territory.

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