February 25, 2021
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Maintaining peace in South China Sea China has got biggest shock to its emerging global superpower image and faced international embarrassment when the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled recently that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and that it had breached Philippine sovereignty by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects in the energy-rich waters. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has issued a sweeping verdict in favor of the Philippines in its case against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. The verdict represents a serious blow to China’s efforts to win legitimacy for its claims in the region. China claims more than 90 per cent of the South China Sea, an area which accounts for more than a tenth of global fisheries production and is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. Since China’s declaration of nine dash line in SCS, the region has grown increasingly concerned by China’s assertiveness in SCS. In 2012, Beijing snatched Scarborough Shoal away from Philippines. The two states has quarreled over allegations of illegal poaching by Chinese fishermen. After a two month standoff, the parties agreed to withdraw from the Shoal. Manila did. Beijing did not. Since then China has excluded Philippine boats from the Shoal’s waters. In response to this escalatory move, Manila filed an arbitration case against China Januar
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