In a major court ruling in The Hague, five judges have finally ruled that China has indeed violated “the law of the sea” in the case brought by the Philippines against China for its forced takeover over islands within 150 miles of the Philippine City of Manila. The Court ruled in favor of the Philippine case on all five points brought up in their case.
China did not participate in the decision, and scoffed at the decision, but its belief in a “dash line approach” on the South China Sea and the South Pacific, which China believes gives it 90% control of the the both the South China Sea and the South Pacific was voted down by the judges. Now a host of nations can take China to The Hague, as well, including Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and others.
What this means finally is that Asian nations are holding onto their nationalism. Japan under its leader Abe is seeking to change Japan’s Constitution imposed after World War II by the US to seek more militarization to deal with a rising China, and Taiwan, and South Korea are also moving in that manner. The US seems to be the guarantor of the navigation rights of the Pacific and South China Sea, and will need assistance from a rising India, but there cannot be any appeasement..
China is expected to be more nationalistic on this matter, but it's actions, according to The Hague have had a negative impact on oil exploration, fishing, and the environment. The navigation of the seas has long been an accepted view by the world’s nations, and despite how Ki Jinping feels,, the US and the world have to move on. Do you think so? I do!
Bill Weightman, ABD/PHD- Member of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA)
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