South China Sea: China Refuses the Philippines Claims, Refuses International Arbitration and Refuses International Law

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On March 29, 2014, a Chinese coast guard ship tries to intimidate a much smaller supply boat from the Philippines. China knows it is in a “David and Goliath” disagreement with the Philippines but refuses to allow the weaker nation to invoke international law.

BEIJING — Dec 7, 2014, 2:19 AM ET

China on Sunday again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its vast territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, a week before a deadline for Beijing to respond to the case.

China prefers to settle its disputes in discussions with the countries directly involved. However, after China took control of Scarborough Shoal following a tense naval standoff with the Philippines near its coastline, Manila filed a case with a tribunal operating under the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea. It provides a regulatory framework for…

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