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Who has the more legitimate claim in the South China sea, China or the Philippines?

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Who has the more legitimate claim in the South China sea, China or the Philippines? The answer is not as clear-cut as yesterday's decision by the PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague).

China was not represented and previous treaty's and claims support China's claim that the Phillippine's claim has no historical basis. Though China's claim may be weak, the Phillipine's claim is non-existent.

The big issue, of course, is whether the U.S. will attempt to enforce its will in the South China Sea and escalate tensions, possibly leading to military conflict.

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Scott Baker is a Managing Editor & The Economics Editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Global Economic Intersection.

His anthology of updated Opednews articles "America is Not Broke" was published by Tayen Lane Publishing (March, 2015) and may be found here:
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Scott is a former President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist activist group. He has written dozens of articles for (more...)
 

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