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China reasserts claims over South China Sea

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BEIJING — China has insisted on Wednesday that it had sovereignty over the South China Sea, defying an international tribunal ruling that its claims to a vast swathe of the waters had no legal basis.

China was ‘the first to have discovered, named, and explored and exploited’ the islands of the South China Sea islands and their waters, and had ‘continuously, peacefully and effectively exercised sovereignty and jurisdiction over them’, Beijing said in a white paper on settling disputes with the Philippines, which brought the case in The Hague.

The white paper said China wanted to settle its regional dispute with the Philippines ‘on the basis of respecting historical facts’.

But, the document is in direct contradiction to the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday, which said that ‘there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources’.

The UN-backed tribunal also said that any ‘historic rights’ to resources in the waters of the South China Sea were ‘extinguished’ when China signed up to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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