Think tank scores it 40-8 in PH favor


THE WASHINGTON-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) yesterday said only eight countries, mostly African, were openly supportive of China’s position as against the Philippines which had 40 nations supporting it in its arbitration proceedings against Beijing.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the CSIS released a tribunal arbitration tracker to see how the global community would respond to the final decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague expected on July 12.

“A final ruling is expected soon from a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague hearing Manila’s case against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. How many countries recognize the decision as legally binding on both parties and call for it to be respected will determine its ultimate value, as international pressure is the court’s only enforcement mechanism,” said the AMTI in a statement.

According to the think tank, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims the number of countries supporting China’s position has climbed to 60, “but has not provided a list of the countries or, in most cases, evidence for their support.”

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