Just yesterday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration located in Hague, has ruled in favor of the Philippines.
The ownership of the South China Sea has been a dispute between China and the Philippines for a long time. In 2013, China set up an air defence identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea, requiring all aircraft entering the area to notify Chinese authorities or be subjected to "emergency military measures" if they disobey orders from Beijing. The U.S. and others refuse to recognize the zone.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest encouraged all parties to "acknowledge the final and binding nature of this tribunal." However, China is currently doing anything but. China, which boycotted the entire proceedings, reiterated that it did not accept the panel's jurisdiction. China "solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no binding force. China neither accepts nor recognizes it," the Foreign Ministry said.