By Ana Jacinta Olabre
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines should continue its business engagement with China but should also contest their stunts against international law, a Tokyo-based think tank said on Wednesday.
Koichi Ai, the Japan Institute of International Affairs acting director general, said the Philippines should continuously engage with China in the commercial and economic domain but at the same time should settle disputes by challenging their moves in opposition to the international order.
“We must make any attempt on their part costly enough for them to have second thought,” Ai explained on Wednesday during the Stratbase ADR Institute forum.
The forum with its title “The Framework Code of Conduct, One Year After Arbitration” was held in light of the first anniversary of the arbitration case ruling in favor of the Philippines’ territorial claim over South China Sea.
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