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Unclos experts say China’s sea claims hold no water Written by Mario J. Mallari Saturday, 04 August 2012 00:00

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Unclos experts say China’s sea claims hold no water


Two international experts said yesterday that China’s extensive nine-dash line claim on virtually the entire West Philippine Sea — which Beijing anchors on history — lacked merit under modern international laws.

But rival claimants like the Philippines may find it tough to bring the long-hanging territorial disputes to international arbitration because of the usually long time it takes to resolve such rifts and the need for China’s approval before any case could be considered for arbitration, the experts said.

With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) unable to effectively help bring about a resolution because of its policy of deciding by consensus — which empowers just one of its 10 member-countries to block any proposed solution — the best option for now may be for bilateral or multilateral negotiations or shelving the conflicts to allow joint development of contested areas, the experts explained..... MORE

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