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

Beijing’s plan for the next five years includes a call to mitigate risks and prepare for legal battles over its maritime disputes, which analysts...

The plan – tabled at the ongoing annual legislative sessions in Beijing – also calls for China to draw up a basic maritime law, a task carried over from the previous five-year period.

  • Jun Mai, South China Morning Post

“[We] must study the current circumstances, mitigate risks and [prepare for] legal struggles,” the plan to 2025 says. “[We] must resolutely defend national maritime interests.”

It is Beijing’s first five-year plan since it refused to take part in a 2016 legal challenge brought…

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