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New Book: “The South China Sea Arbitration: Understanding the Awards and Debating with China,” by Dr. Alfredo C. Robles Jr. – De La Salle University

20 January 2019

On ABS-CBN News:

MANILA — A new book on the South China Sea will be launched at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila this week.

The book, entitled “The South China Sea Arbitration: Understanding the Awards and Debating with China,” is written by Dr. Alfredo C. Robles Jr. and jointly published by DLSU Publishing House and Sussex Academic Press in United Kingdom.

It will be launched on January 22, which is also the same day in 2013 when the Philippines formally transmitted to China a notification and statement of claim.

 

Among the information revealed by Robles’ book is that China has used disinformation and propaganda to undermine the Philippines’ win in the South China Sea arbitration.

In his book, Robles detailed how China attempted to influence the Tribunal without the knowledge of the Philippines, as well as dismissed the arbitration as non-binding, among other things.

“These claims were outrageous, but they could only be refuted using a scholarly approach,” Robles said.

 

Robles is a university fellow at DLSU Manila. He holds doctorate degrees in International and European Studies from Universite Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and in Political Science from Syracuse University.

 Source: ABS-CBN

On Politiko:

In a rare public engagement, Former President Benigno Aquino III will answer burning questions on the arbitration case that the Philippines won against China in 2016.

Aquino is the guest of honor at the launch of Alfredo Robles Jr.’s book called “The South China Sea Arbitration: Understanding the Awards and Debating with China” to be held on Tuesday (January 22) at the De La Salle University.

It was under Aquino’s administration that the Philippines questioned China’s nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea, which included the West Philippine Sea, before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Netherlands.

The Philippine argued that China’s sweeping claim over the South China Sea goes against the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The PCA ruled in the Philippines’ favor on July 12, 2016, shortly after Aquino’s term ended.

Source: Politiko

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