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Chinese Views on the South China Sea Arbitration Case between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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The Philippines v. China arbitration case and the furor over its verdict constitute a significant development that could influence the prospects for future rivalry or cooperation in the Western Pacific.  This article closely examines the viewpoints of Chinese leaders and knowledgeable observers on the arbitration case.  Authoritative sources consistently indicate that China rejects the arbitration and views its verdict as detrimental to vital Chinese interests, regional stability, and international legal order.  China’s categorical rejection speaks to the fundamental Sino-Western division over the application of international agreements to sovereignty issues and indicates that any effort by the US or other powers to pressure Beijing will prove futile and most likely exacerbate existing tensions in the South China Sea. 

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Chinese Views on the South China Sea Arbitration Case between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines

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