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The EDCA: What's in it for us?

Why should we allow ourselves to be attacked by the enemies of the US when the US has not given us the same assurance it had given Japan that it would come to our assistance against China? Let’s compare exactly what President Barack Obama promised the Japanese and what he promised us. “Our commitment to […]

The Judges of the Nine-Dash lines

The arbitration initiated by the Philippines against China impugning the validity of China’s nine-dash lines appear to be on track. Last week, pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Japanese President of the international tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) completed the five man tribunal that will rule […]

China advised not to snub arbitration

Opinio Juris First Signs that China Is Taking the Philippines Arbitration Seriously? Posted: 15 Feb 2013 10:35 PM PST by Julian Ku As far as I can tell, the Chinese government continues to pretend as if the Philippines’ Law of the Sea arbitration claim doesn’t exist. Articles like this one suggest the Philippines government continues […]

Seabed a hotbed of controversy for Philippines, China Thomas Maresca, Special for USA TODAY4:34a.m. EST January 22, 2013

China has been dispatching ships and aircraft to enforce its ownership of the South China Sea, infuriating Asian nations whose coastlines also approach the sea. (Photo: Thomas Maresca) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Masinloc fishermen fished in shoal for centuries Seabed also contains huge deposits of oil and natural gas There was a confrontation in April between the […]

Understanding our Unclos arbitral submission

After almost a year since our stalemate with China on Panatag Shoal, it’s about time we brought the controversy to the binding and compulsory dispute settlement procedure of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). But contrary to many media reports, the action is not before the International Tribunal on the Law […]