Expert on South China Sea: solving disputes more important than arbitration

A scholar from Thailand’s top university says solving disputes is more important than arbitrary rulings on the South China Sea issue.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is expected to rule in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over the South China Sea.

Yang Baoyun, professor of ASEAN Studies at Thammasat University, says China’s position of neither participating in nor accepting the results of the forceful arbitration does not mean the country disobeys international law. On the contrary, it is defending it.

And the scholar believes solving maritime disputes in the South China Sea is more important than the ruling itself.

Check the video for why.

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