Chinese structures and an airstrip are seen on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that rejected its territorial claims. Photo: AP
Chinese structures and an airstrip are seen on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that rejected its territorial claims. Photo: AP
Diplomacy

Xi Jinping says China has a legal problem: finding the lawyers to defend its interests abroad

  • President has raised concerns about a lack of legal talent, calling it ‘a security risk’ in a speech two years ago that was recently made public
  • Observers say there is a growing awareness among the leadership that Beijing is at a disadvantage in international disputes

Chinese structures and an airstrip are seen on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that rejected its territorial claims. Photo: AP
Chinese structures and an airstrip are seen on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that rejected its territorial claims. Photo: AP
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