It really makes me curious what's to be disputed about if we have international laws to handle lawfully territorial claims. Don't have those laws and why does to have be this long and be threatening. Can't the international bodies who govern territories interfere and help settle this at once? Philippines is a poor country, while China is one of the superpowers in terms of their military force. They second to the US. I understand that China couldn't just give up what's it's own, but if it turned out that the South China Sea rightfully belongs to the Philippines, would they just free it? I think they should.