By: Elena Grace Flores
The United States might have signed the U.N. treaty but never failed to ratify it – and also did not do much in stopping China from building artificial military islands in the South China Sea but managed to convince numerous countries to press China into obeying international laws as in the case with Korea when President Park Geun-hye of South Korea visited Washington last October, President Barack Obama urged Seoul to let China realize that they need to abide international laws and regulations.
Obama’s administration continued to promote the significance of following international laws and even sent Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia to Germany, to present the case at a prominent public policy school in Berlin. It added also into it’s convincing success the Group of 7 nations for issuing joint statements on their South China Sea dispute stand which China detested. A State Department official, Robert Harris, also traveled to landlocked Laos to explain the Philippine case.
Russia alsthough disagreed in the tribunal’s alleged meddling over the situation but mum over the Chinese’ military expansion in the disputed islands, because of its close relationship with Vietnam that has a stake also in the South China Sea. China’s pressuring the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations not to issue a joint statement on the subject ws leaked by Malaysia.