July 12, 2016
At long last, the Philippines and China will have answers to their heated dispute over the South China Sea. A tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, has issued a landmark ruling addressing the Philippines' accusations that China has interfered with the rich fishing region of the Scarborough Shoal.
Up until now, China has avoided participation in the case, saying the tribunal has no jurisdiction. China and several other countries in the Pacific region are now looking to see whether the ruling will change the political dynamic and how military operations are carried out.
Peter Dutton, professor and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, explains what you need to know about this case.