The Philippines has previously lodged a case against China in 2013, after China tried to claim that some of the islands in the South China Sea, formerly considered land belonging to The Philippines, belonged to them. Today, on July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (an international court) ruled that "there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea's areas falling within the 'nine-dash line'" and ultimately ruled in favor of The Philippines.
The ruling has sparked SNS movements across China, including pictures of China with the contested land. The hashtag translates to, "China cannot become any smaller". The map and hashtag related to the movement were recently used by popular K-Pop idols including f(x)'s Victoria, EXO's Lay, miss A's Fei, Jia, and FIESTAR's Cao Lu. As the contested land includes islands considered to be a part of not only The Philippines, but also Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and even Korea on the eastern side, many fans of these countries are expressing disappointment toward the idols for supporting the Chinese movement.
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