China said it will ignore a ruling expected on Tuesday by an arbitration court in The Hague in a case in which the Philippines is challenging Beijing’s right to exploit resources across the South China Sea. China has boycotted the hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, saying it does not have jurisdiction over the dispute. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, asked how China would be getting the ruling, said it would have nothing to do with the court. “We won’t accept any of their so-called materials, no matter what they are,” Lu told reporters. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the “law-abusing tribunal” had issued an “ill-founded award”. In a dispatch from Manila, it said the award was made “amid a global chorus that as the panel has no jurisdiction, its decision is naturally null and void”. The ruling stands to ramp up tensions in the region, where China’s increased military assertiveness has worried its smaller neighbors and is a point of confrontation with the United States. China claims most of the energy-rich waters through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. The United States…
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