MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Tuesday, July 12, ruled in favor of the Philippines in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “[The] Tribunal concluded that, as between the Philippines and China, there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources, in excess of the rights provided for by the Convention, within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” a press release from the PCA said. According to the tribunal, “all of the high-tide features in the Spratly Islands (including, for example, Itu Aba, Thitu, West York Island, Spratly Island, North-East Cay, South-West Cay) are legally “rocks” that do not generate an exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.” In a statement, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr said the Philippines “welcomes” the award from The Hague. “Our experts are studying the Award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome deserves. In the meantime, we call on all those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety,” Yasay said. Yasay added that the Philippines “strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision” to help address disputes in the South China Sea. “The decision upholds international law, particularly the 1982 [UN Convention on the Law of the Sea],” he said.