J. Michael Cole, nationalinterest.org
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Manila can sue Beijing all it wants, but in the end it seems Chinese leaders already know how they will respond. . .
[A] ruling by an international court against Beijing would have provided more “evidence” that the West, along with its allies in East Asia, are conspiring to keep China in a state of subjugation. As Zheng Wang demonstrates in his book Never Forget National Humiliation, the victimization narrative wields a powerful influence on decisionmaking in Beijing and public support for its dogged response to the perceived affront. A survey conducted in 2013 by Andrew Chubb also shows that 83 percent of Chinese respondents regarded the South China Sea dispute as a continuation of the so-called “century of humiliation.”