China to Set up International Maritime Judicial Center to Show Its Jurisdiction in Disputed Waters

Reuters says in its report today that Chinese Chief Justice told NPC (National People’s Congress, China’s parliament) annual session“ that China planned to set up an international maritime justice center to “safeguard China’s national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests.”

Reuters says, “Zhou pointed to a 2014 case at a southeastern China maritime court involving a collision between a Chinese trawler and a Panama-flagged cargo ship in waters near the islets China disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.” Zhou said that the case clearly showed China’s jurisdiction over the disputed region.

Therefore, Zhou wants to set up an international maritime judicial center to show that the disputed regions in the East and South China Seas are under Chinese jurisdiction.

Source: Reuters “Amid sea disputes, China to set up maritime ‘judicial center’”

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