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Limits of Law in the South China Sea

Discusses on sovereignty, rights over land features and waters in the South China Sea among contestants, covering China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Brunei, and Malaysia. Argues that United States’ foreign policy of rule-based and rule of law approach for international arena dispute led by President Obama has limits of arbitration tribunal’s decision, since China exempts itself from compulsory dispute resolution concerning ‘sea boundary delimitations’ in accordance with Article 298 of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), lack of jurisdiction over Philippines’ claims against China, and no other enforcement mechanism. Presents the Philippine’s 15 claims against China mapping with Articles in UNCLOS, the heart of conflict area ‘Itu Aba’, and China’s geographic claim on ‘The Nine-Dash Line’.