China, the Philippines and a missed opportunity in the South China Sea

History is often subjective and biased because it largely depends on interpreting the past through the eyes of the present.But there are times when windows of opportunity do really seem to have been missed.A case in point is the 2012 Scarborough Shoal row between China and the Philippines, which prompted Manila to internationalise the South China Sea dispute by taking China to court in The Hague, a case it won five years ago last week.What started as a fishing dispute in the contested waters,…


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