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Rejection of China’s ‘nine-dash line’ spreads from Asia to Europe

Countries having no territorial dispute with Beijing turn up heat despite economic ties

JAKARTA — The U.K., France and Germany are among at least nine countries to issue statements this year rejecting Beijing’s extensive claims in the South China Sea, as…

  • Koya Jibiki
  • Nikkei

China has claimed “historical rights” to waters within its so-called nine-dash line, which encompasses almost all of the South China Sea.

The three European countries, not involved in any territorial dispute with Beijing, sent a joint note verbale rejecting the idea to the U.N. in September.

The claims “do…

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