The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar after it ran aground during a routine patrol on August 29, 2018, in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via APThe Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar after it ran aground during a routine patrol on August 29, 2018, in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP
The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar after it ran aground during a routine patrol on August 29, 2018, in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP
Aaron Rabena
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Opinion

Aaron Rabena

Can a South China Sea code of conduct help ensure regional stability? Here are four ways it could be strengthened

  • Aaron Rabena says the leaked draft negotiating text for a code of conduct in the South China Sea indicates that progress has been made. However, more could be done on geographic scope, duty to cooperate, the role of third parties and legal status

The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar after it ran aground during a routine patrol on August 29, 2018, in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via APThe Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar after it ran aground during a routine patrol on August 29, 2018, in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP
The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar after it ran aground during a routine patrol on August 29, 2018, in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP
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