China’s tried everything from brute force to a ‘carrot’ (defined as a mutual withdrawal of ships, as well as other reported investment opportunities) to keep the Philippines from taking their Territorial claim in the South China Sea (sorry Philippines, I have to use the IHO standard which states it’s SCS, not the West Philippine Sea).
China has refused the arbitral proceedings; however, the trial can still be conducted in absentia.
The Philippines has examined their case against the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which defines (among many other things, but in particular) the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (i.e. territory held into the sea); which will help the Philippines in this territorial dispute.
Good luck Philippines!
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Note: Scarborough Shoal is what the Philippines calls the Panatag Shoal