Full Text: Tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea dispute

An international arbitration court ruled Tuesday (July 12) on China's claims to more than 80 per cent of the South China Sea, a strategic waterway that hosts more than US$5 trillion (S$6.6 trillion) of trade annually and possesses untapped energy reserves.

Those claims have long overlapped those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, but tensions have risen as an increasingly powerful China harasses fishermen, reclaims land and seizes territory.

Below is the court's ruling in full: