South China Sea: Hague case

China and Asean leaders began negotiations to settle differences on the South China Sea almost two decades ago. Photo: AP

Asean powers continue arm-wrestling over China’s nine-dash line

Down in the weeds, beneath all of the high-level belt and road diplomacy in Beijing on May 14-15, my thoughts were turned to flammable ice and brown laminaria – otherwise known as sea kelp. The obvious connection – the small but sensitive matter of the South China Sea.