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Friday, December 13, 2013
The Spoiled Brat of the South China Sea
In Britain, we liken this sort of behaviour to the spoiled kid who picks up the soccer ball and runs away with it because he doesn't like the way the game is going. There is a well-established mechanism under international law for adjudicating on competing territorial claims. If China is so confident of the validity of its claims to enormous chunks of the South China Sea, it should not be afraid to follow the rules, as the Philippines is doing in this case. Otherwise we can draw our own conclusions.