Decreasing the negative implications of South China Sea arbitration for Sino-Philippine ties

ZHANG Mingliang1

(1.Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China 510630)

【Abstract】South China Sea (SCS) issue between China and the Philippines, which has made troubles for Sino-Philippines relations before 1975 when two states got the formal diplomatic relations, has not deterred the Sino-Philippines relations before January of 2013 when the Philippines formally and unilaterally initiated the South China Sea arbitration (SCSA) with the objection from China. However, due to the SCSA by the Philippines, Sino-Philippines relations have been in the worst situations after 2013. It is necessary to decrease the negative implications of SCSA for Sino-Philippines relations. As the result of Arbitration, SCS has been the biggest challenge for Sino-Philippines relations, and it will be part of Sino-Philippines relations after July of 2016. Decreasing the negative implications of SCSA means that the Philippines government should not talk more about SCSA if Manila wants the better relations with China. Furthermore, China, which should realize that it is impossible for the Philippines to give up the SCSA, would care and protect some of the Philippines’ interests in disputed areas of SCS. Finally, it will be helpful for Sino-Philippines relations if two states could do more for their cooperation in SCS and for SCS issue.

【Keywords】 South China Sea arbitration; the Philippines; China; South China Sea;

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ISSN:1008-6099

CN: 44-1124/D

Vol , No. 05, Pages 39-48

September 2016

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  • 1 First background of decreasing influence of SCSA: SCS Issue and SPR before SCSA
  • 2 Second background of decreasing negative influence of SCSA: SPR at a low point
  • 3 Possibility and paths of decreasing negative influence of SCSA
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