After China snub, what now?By Romel R. Bagares
Just as pundits have predicted, China soon announced it is not taking part in the arbitration proceedings initiated by the Philippines over the two countries’ territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea for the Chinese).
So, what happens next – does this mean an abrupt end to the Philippines’ quest for an effective legal solution to the riddle of the Chinese Nine-Dash Line claim?
Well, not quite.
Or at least, not yet.
The Philippine case against China was anchored on Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
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