China's claim to sovereignty over the South China Sea has no legal basis and the nation broke international law by harming coastal reefs, the international court in The Hague ruled in a case brought by the Philippines. A statement from China's foreign ministry said, "The award is invalid and has no binding force. China does not accept or recognize it."
Historian Rian Thum discusses books and concepts of Central Asia with a focus on Xinjiang as a key part of the region
Rian Thum, a historian based in New Orleans, notes that "2016 is turning out to be the biggest year for Xinjiang books in a century" with wide-ranging coverage that moves beyond previous narratives' dominant focus on ethnic identity and resistance to the Chinese state.
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