Commentary: S. China Sea Arbitration and China's Standing in the International Legal System

The case at the Arbitration Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was initiated by the Philippines back in January 2013, but China has consistently refused to participate. But in doing so, it is only damaging its own position.

Right until the start of the hearing, China had yet to indicate whether or not it would participate. China remains very much convinced that the tribunal does not have the competence to hear the case. [READ MORE]