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Beijing launched a deluge of denunciations Tuesday ahead of an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea, where it has expansive territorial claims, with all eyes watching for the Asian giant's reaction on the ground or in the water.The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague was set to release its final decision on the case, which was brought by the Philippines challenging China's position.In a months-long campaign Beijing has sought to discredit the UN panel, which it says has no jurisdiction in the multi-national dispute.China asserts sovereignty over almost all of the strategically vital waters in the face of rival claims from its Southeast Asian neighbors.Manila lodged its suit against Beijing in 2013, saying China was in violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which both countries are signatories.Beijing has boycotted the proceedings, saying the court has no jurisdiction over the issue, and that it will ignore the ruling.
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