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South China Sea claims: Room for diplomacy

Moderation by Beijing will only be feasible if South-east Asian nations also adopt a pragmatic response to the arbitration court's ruling.

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The crux of the Philippines' case against China on claims in the South China Sea, under international law, is a contention that Beijing's "nine-dashed line" is not a legitimate basis for a maritime claim.

Sydney

WHILE tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea with steady military buildup by all sides, especially by China, a new pathway may be opening for peaceful resolution of the territorial disputes. The Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration will soon announce