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China, Philippines Eye Talks After Ruling Against Beijing Maritime Claims

An outraged China and jubilant Philippines are eyeing formal talks, a politically popular move as it would ease the odds of an armed conflict, after a United Nations arbitration court on Tuesday rejected the legal basis for Beijing’s claim to the disputed South China Sea.  Beijing’s foreign minister Wang Yi scoffed at the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling against the legal validity of the Chinese “nine-dash-line” claim to about 95 percent of the South China Sea, a 3.5...

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