Confrontations between China and the US in the disputed South China Sea are not likely to devastate the world's most important bilateral relationship, because the two great powers still have common interest at a broader level.
The United States, China and Russia are playing important roles in the ever-changing international situation since the start of the 21st century. The sino-us.com talked with Yin Feng, Center for China and Globalization (CCG) researcher and chief editor of a periodical Chief Strategy Officer. Here are his main views on the China-US-Russia relations and the South China Sea issue.
Ahead of a ruling to be delivered on July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the South China Sea dispute between China and the Philippines, China has reiterated its solemn stance of not accepting or recognizing any decision that the international court makes on who has the legitimate rights over the disputed waters, stressing that the court "lacks jurisdiction in the case".
The ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague on a South China Sea case brought by the Philippines will come soon. No matter what the ruling is, China should not quit the UNCLOS because of the issue, as doing so will not be in China's long-term interest.
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