Painkiller jokes, ‘Who Cares?’ and other Chinese reactions to the South China Sea ruling

By Oiwan Lam. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague recently dealt a diplomatic blow to China when it rejected its use of a “nine-dash line” to claim sovereignty over large parts of the South China Sea. As anticipated, China’s state-controlled media outlets immediately spoke out against the tribunal’s judgment, saying Beijing would neither acknowledge nor accept the ruling. And on Chinese social media, […]