Beijing sinks South China Sea code of conduct

China's refusal to accept mutually applicable rules of conduct in the South China Sea is making compromise there impossible.

Beyond being a shrewd military strategist, the ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu was also a great advocate of legal equality.

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu’s sixth century BCE classic, he argued: ‘When it comes to establishing rules and regulations, everyone, high and low, should be treated alike.’

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