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Tsinghua Law Prof Jia at CSIS South China Sea Mtg in Wash DC

On July 10 -11, 2014, Tsinghua Law School Professor Jia Bingbing participated in the Annual Meeting of the South China Sea held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. This was the fourth year of the symposia held by the CSIS, a prestigious American think tank. This annual meeting invited scholars and officials from China, America, Vietnam, and the Philippines. At the meeting in the US capital, Professor Jia Bingbing spoke on the legal issues surrounding the South China Sea dispute.

(Tsinghua Law Professor Jia Bingbing is seated the second from the right. Photo by Yu Donghui journalist from China Review News Agency )

At the annual meeting, scholars and experts from Vietnam and Philippines complained about the actions taken by China and declared that claims of sovereignty by their respective countries, Vietnam and Philippines, regarding the South China Sea were reasonable while the claims of China deviated from international law. As the sole participant at the meeting representing Chinese legal scholars, Tsinghua Law Professor Jia Bingbing took exception to these speeches. He emphasized that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea doesn’t have jurisdiction over the historical demand, and the basis of Chinese sovereign and oceanic claims on the South China Sea is customary international law. Professor Jia Bingbing pointed out that in past years the Philippines government and Chinese government delivered common statements, highlighting several times the solution of bilateral negotiations to resolve disputes. However, recently the Philippines appealed to the International Court of Arbitration instead of bilateral negotiation. This action violated the rules of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, directly impacting the arbitration’s legitimacy.

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