A photo from 1995 shows China’s flag flying over octagonal structures built on stilts at the Manila-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP A photo from 1995 shows China’s flag flying over octagonal structures built on stilts at the Manila-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
A photo from 1995 shows China’s flag flying over octagonal structures built on stilts at the Manila-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Bhavan Jaipragas
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Bhavan Jaipragas

US shift on South China Sea may help Asean’s quiet ‘lawfare’ resolve dispute

  • A new arbitration case may be the best way to persuade China that dispute resolution through international law is the best way to peace in the waters.

A photo from 1995 shows China’s flag flying over octagonal structures built on stilts at the Manila-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP A photo from 1995 shows China’s flag flying over octagonal structures built on stilts at the Manila-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
A photo from 1995 shows China’s flag flying over octagonal structures built on stilts at the Manila-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.