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China Launches Military Drills Before Tribunal Ruling

China has stepped up efforts to defend its sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea by launching a week-long military drill around the Paracel Islands — a move that analysts say aims to de-legitimize an upcoming landmark international court decision.   Without giving details, the country’s maritime safety administration said that the naval drills would last till next Monday — one day before the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague is slated to reach a ruling in...

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