Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has asked former president Fidel Ramos to help start talks with China.
Ramos was President from 1992-1998 and he has called for rebuilding relations with China.
China insists the dispute be resolved through bi-lateral negotiations.
Manila has urged direct talks with Beijing, and has suggested sharing natural resources in the region.
For more about China Sea arbitration, CCTV America’s Elaine Reyes spoke to Wang Hailing. She’s a maritime affairs expert, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.