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China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals: They're making angry statements but taking little action while they assess the situation.The rebuke to China came in a July 12 ruling by the U.N.'s Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that shredded China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The case had been brought by the Philippines, and it challenged China's assertion of sovereignty within what Beijing calls the "nine-dash line". The Chinese have refrained, at least initially, from one specific challenge of the ruling: U.S. officials had feared that if the Philippines case went against them, the Chinese would announce an "Air Defense Identification Zone," or ADIZ, for the South China Sea, to further assert their sovereignty.One success for China this month is that it convinced some of its Southeast Asian allies to block a resolution affirming the arbitration panel's ruling.
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