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.
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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