Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that there is no legal basis for its claims to most of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that there is no legal basis for its claims to most of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that there is no legal basis for its claims to most of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo

Beijing’s focus on maritime law ‘reflects rising concerns over South China Sea’

  • Five-year plan includes call to mitigate risks and prepare for legal battles to defend national interests
  • Analyst says if rival claimant Vietnam starts arbitration ‘there’s now a greater chance that China would take part’

Topic |   Two Sessions 2021 (Lianghui)
Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that there is no legal basis for its claims to most of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that there is no legal basis for its claims to most of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
Beijing refused to accept a 2016 international tribunal ruling that there is no legal basis for its claims to most of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
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