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Tribunal in The Hague asks China to defend sea claims

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Refusing to participate in the process is considered default in legal claims. Meaning you lose by default. and decisions by the ICJ cannot be appealed.

The other claimant countries should participate in the process, too, settle their disputes once and for all, and present an united front against the PRC.

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China has accepted one or both PCA conventions. Looks like the time has come for China to show the world whether it is a responsible member of the international community that respects the rule of law, or if it's a aggressive militaristic monster that relies only on force and intimidation. Good for the PI in bringing this action!

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With all the bullying and intimidation, the Philippines doesn't really have any choice as they do not have anything to match red China's military. Instead of defending their claims in the International Court of Justice, China refused to join the arbitration and accused the Philippines of "ruining China`s image" on the international community.

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DENIAL means GUILTY

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China has refused to join the arbitration process initiated by the Philippine government last year.

Communist China knows it doesn't have a leg to stand on that's why it won't let the courts handle this.

The Hague-based tribunal issued a statement Tuesday giving China until Dec. 15 to submit written arguments and evidence against the Philippine complaint, which questioned the validity of China’s so-called “nine-dash” claim.

Communist China and it's paid propaganda posters will do what they always do, claim to be the victims in all this.

Classic tactic used by thugs when the little guy pushes back.

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I certainly agree other countries should bring this up with the ICJ as as well. The CCP is going to have a hard time posturing as more countries confront their arrogance.

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This is what the dictators of Beijing truly fear, collective action. Rather than bully on a bi-lateral basis, China would have to deal with the collective will of multiple nations under the umbrella of a recognized international boundary.

What is really needed is a NATO of the South China Sea with a collective self-defense clause. Of course that is a log ways a way, but it should be among the options considered.

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What is really needed is a NATO of the South China Sea with a collective self-defense clause. Of course that is a log ways a way, but it should be among the options considered.

ANZUS, ASEAN, US/JP-PH-ROC-SK... Looks like a good start if developed properly.

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China is showing total disregard for reason and normal international law. They appear to feel that they can do as they wish. At some point, they will face the entire world standing against them. There is no nation on earth that will support such idiotic elitism by an entire government.

It is so extreme that it is rather insane and would be judged as such if it was the actions of an individual. One of the definitions of insanity is the inability to recognize perceivable reality. I am starting to think that the decades of isolation have made China in some ways insane as a nation. It is sad because there is much to respect about China and its long long history, and much of its culture has been a model for many other cultures....i hope things can get better.

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Fat chance. china wuill likely denounce this as an imperialist plot to deprive her of her rightful territorial claims. and then build another oil rig or sail a bunch of boats into the disputed areas.

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Which tribunal? The article failed to provide this basic information.

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TAKUTAIJun. 05, 2014 - 05:08PM JST Which tribunal? The article failed to provide this basic information.

Permanent Court of Arbitration

http://www.pca-cpa.org/showpage.asp?pag_id=363

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China will also lay claim to the moon. Apparently, the great military general Sun Tzu led an invasion there over 2000 years ago.

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China has refused to join the arbitration process initiated by the Philippine government last year.

Aside from China and the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan have overlapping claims across the vast South China Sea, with Beijing saying it has sovereignty over virtually all of the resource-rich waters since ancient times.

Once again I say all the U.S.-haters on JT are going to be more and more appreciative of the U.S. pivot towards Asia. No other country has the kind of military resources capable of trying to keep China in check. Bullies only respect power. Talk is of no value to them.

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Refusing to participate in the process is considered default in legal claims. Meaning you lose by default. and decisions by the ICJ cannot be appealed.

Unfortunately International law doesn't really work like this. Unless both countries agree to submit to the tribunal, a judgement cannot be entered against them. Even if they do, a judgement is not enforceable with much more than moral pressure.

I imagine suing China is a bit like suing your crazy anti-social neighbour. A pyrrhic victory at best. Winning your case and holding a court order in your hand is one thing, but actually getting payment or action from the defendant is quite another.

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Tribunal in The Hague asks China to defend sea claims

Don't take that too literally, Beijing!

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