There has been a surge of global interest in the Arctic because of its vast reserves of oil, gas and minerals, commercial fishing opportunities, and shortened shipping routes that are now accessible because of global warming. In 2013, India was granted observer status to the Arctic, where India joined China, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea as a non-circumpolar country in the Arctic Council.
The South China Sea is witnessing a vicious downward action-reaction spiral, adding to considerable regional tension. Despite the Chinese rejection of the award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration against China's claims on the South China Sea, its leadership cannot be unmindful of the negative impact on its international image.
The unanimous decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the China-Philippines territorial dispute is final and legally binding on parties to the dispute under the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
As expected, Beijing lost no time in rejecting the unanimous ruling of an international tribunal at The Hague that China has no legal basis for much of its claims on the South China Sea.
The United Nations Permanent Arbitration Tribunal at The Hague has delivered a verdict rejecting China’s claims over the South China Sea based on the Philippines’ complaint. The tribunal’s verdict offers an interesting legal perspective, which indeed holds water. The rationale of the verdict, if not the operative parts, should be acceptable even to the Communist leaders in Beijing.
On April 19 this year, in anticipation of an adverse ruling by the UN tribunal at The Hague known as the Permanent Court of Arbitration, that was delivered on Tuesday, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, as part of a global diplomatic offensive by Beijing, had invited some scholars from various think tanks in New Delhi to a presentation on China’s claims to the South China Sea (SCS).
In 2010, Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi famously declared, as he glowered at his Singapore counterpart, that “China is a big country and other countries are small countries, and that’s just a fact”.
Tuesday’s ruling on the South China Sea disputes by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague is bound to mark a definitive moment in the evolution of international maritime law and Asia’s geopolitical order.
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