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The United Kingdom, France and Germany are the latest to join the rising tide against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea. Coming shortly after Germany released its Indo-Pacific strategy, a note verbale by the three European powers reaffirms their recognition of UNCLOS as the globally acceptable legal framework to address the long-standing dispute. This move, by these key trading partners of both the ASEAN nations as well as China, could have an impact on the ongoing negotiations regarding the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
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