BEIJING — China’s President Xi Jinping is in a pinch.
On Tuesday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague delivered what was widely seen as stunning rebuke, finding “no legal basis” for the country’s expansive maritime claims.
Now China’s leader is left with a delicate choice. Does he double down on strident nationalism at the risk of stoking the conflict, or does he find a way, somehow, to take a step back?
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