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China rejects Philippines' attempt to challenge its South China Sea claims with arbitration

  • In this June 27, 2014 photo, a printing worker holds a new officially approved map of China that includes the islands and maritime area that Beijing claims in the South China Sea, at a factory in Changsha in south China's Hunan province.  China has again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, releasing a lengthy paper a week before the Dec. 15, 2014 deadline for China to respond to the case. China prefers to settle its disputes with discussions with the countries directly involved. But the Philippines has filed a case with an international tribunal.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    In this June 27, 2014 photo, a printing worker holds a new officially approved map of China that includes the islands and maritime area that Beijing claims in the South China Sea, at a factory in Changsha in south China's Hunan province. China has again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, releasing a lengthy paper a week before the Dec. 15, 2014 deadline for China to respond to the case. China prefers to settle its disputes with discussions with the countries directly involved. But the Philippines has filed a case with an international tribunal.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this June 27, 2014 photo, a worker holds a new officially approved map of China that includes the islands and maritime area that Beijing claims in the South China Sea, at a printing factory in Changsha in south China's Hunan province.  China has again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, releasing a lengthy paper a week before the Dec. 15, 2014 deadline for China to respond to the case. China prefers to settle its disputes with discussions with the countries directly involved. But the Philippines has filed a case with an international tribunal. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    In this June 27, 2014 photo, a worker holds a new officially approved map of China that includes the islands and maritime area that Beijing claims in the South China Sea, at a printing factory in Changsha in south China's Hunan province. China has again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, releasing a lengthy paper a week before the Dec. 15, 2014 deadline for China to respond to the case. China prefers to settle its disputes with discussions with the countries directly involved. But the Philippines has filed a case with an international tribunal. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

China has again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, releasing a lengthy paper a week before a deadline for China to respond to the case.

China prefers to settle its disputes with discussions with the countries directly involved. But the Philippines has filed a case with an international tribunal.

China's paper argues that territorial sovereignty is beyond the scope of the tribunal and that China and the Philippines have previously agreed to settle the dispute through negotiations.

The Philippines filed the case in January 2013. The tribunal has invited China to respond by December 15.