Maritime dispute exposes rifts in China's foreign ministry
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A debate in China’s foreign ministry on how to respond -- or whether to respond -- to a court case over the disputed South China Sea highlights how tensions over policy are complicating President Xi Jinping’s efforts to project the country as a responsible power. China is boycotting arbitration hearings brought by the Philippines in The Hague that are heading to a conclusion next year, saying it doesn’t recognize the court’s jurisdiction. That fits its approach of dealing with disputes on a state-to-state basis, rather than through courts or international groupings, but its absence means there is no counter-argument to the Philippines’ case.
Maritime dispute exposes rifts in China's foreign ministry. (2015, December 19). Manila Bulletin, pp. 1, 6.
Disputes; Territorial waters; Law of the sea; International law; Jurisdiction; Military operations; Stockon Center for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College; La Trobe University; Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); Lingnan University; Xi, Jinping; Kraska, James; Zhang, Baohui; Kissinger, Henry; Zhou, Enlai; Wang, Yi; Mao, Zedong; Zhou, Enlai; Yang, Jiechi
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