Op-Ed / Asia 02 June 2016 Avoiding a Military Showdown in the South China Sea The Hague’s looming decision on a Filipino challenge to Chinese claims could reverse the region’s collision course. Share Facebook Twitter Email Linkedin Whatsapp Save Print In the coming weeks, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague is expected to rule on a challenge to China’s extensive maritime claims in the South China Sea. The court is unlikely to decide in Beijing’s favor. But China has already refused to participate, calling the process “illegal,” and has pre-emptively rejected the judgement of the court. ... [continue reading] The full version of this article first appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Related Tags China More for you Q&A / Middle East & North Africa How Beijing Helped Riyadh and Tehran Reach a Detente Also available in Also available in العربية Podcast / Asia Will the Ukraine War Blow U.S.-China Relations Further Off Course?