Local analysts on South China Sea row

Kin Phea, director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said that the previous settlement mechanisms such as the tribunal were “unjust” and reflected external interference by the west in the sovereignty of the countries bordering the South China Sea.

“The US still adheres to its supremacy and does not want a solution to the question of the division of sovereignty over the South China Sea as the US wants this sea to remain international waters with freedom of navigation and over flight, because it is adjacent to China and because there are important international ports there.

“If there was a division of control it would make sea navigation and aviation more difficult, which would affect the US and other powerful countries’ interests,” he explained.

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