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Breaking the Ice in the South China Sea

After the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against China on its South China Sea territorial claims, an icy chill has swept the country's relationship with the Philippines. For the sake of peace, it is time to bring back some warmth.

MANILA – Three months ago, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to the resources in the West Philippine Sea (also known as the South China Sea), and thus that the Philippines has exclusive rights to the territory. China rejected the ruling, and an icy chill overcame the once-friendly bilateral relationship. It is time to bring back some warmth.