South China Sea case a game changer for Manila, says think-tank

(From The Philippine star)

A favorable ruling for the Philippines on the South China Sea will reinforce a non-military scenario and lead the way toward further diplomacy, a Philippine think-tank said.

A Hague court will issue its ruling on Manila's case against the nine-dash line claim of Beijing in the South China Sea on July 12

A Hague court will issue its ruling on Philippines’ case against China’s nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea on July 12

“If we get the verdict we expect, it is imperative to cull the best thinking on different post-arbitration scenarios and initiate dialogue on strategically approaching geopolitical, economic, and social changes in the region,” said Dindo Manhit, president of the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi).

According to Manhit, the Philippines should capitalize on the international interest in the case to gain global support, drawing strong statements from other countries.

“While we pursue diplomatic initiatives, the Philippines needs to take steps to protect itself from any adverse Chinese reaction,” said Manhit.  Read More


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