In response to netizens’ questions and concerns, CCTVNEWS invited Liao Shiping, a professor at the Law School of Beijing Normal University, to discuss the South China Sea dispute and the tribunal. Since China published a “position paper” in response to the Philippines unilaterally taking the case to the PCA at The Hague, some observers such as the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs website have questioned if, and why, China is trying to influence the result by “pleading” to the tribunal while not participating in the arbitration.
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