Not sure we're arbitrating anything, we've been invited pretty much wherever we've gone including by several South East Asian states.I don't think any country should get a pass, big or small. I do have problems with a small island country with a history of genocide being an appropriate arbitor of peace anywhere.
The name of the sea does not denote ownership. Ireland does not own the Irish Sea, nor does Japan own the Sea of Japan.I also don't think its a big deal if China "controls" the south CHINA sea - the clue is in the name.
Those invitations really are confusing. Next time we're asked to go somewhere, should we accuse the potential host of lying?Obviously there will need to be negotiations between the likes of Indonesia, Phillipines and China but US/UK warmongering is exacerbating the situation on purpose.
Except that France has never partnered with the US on nuclear weapon technology, largely due to De Gaulle's foreign policy and withdrawal from NATO. They've never been as close with the Americans as we have.It was enough for the French to go for their own delivery systems.