In an expected turn of events, some 300 Chinese legal experts unanimously agreed to refute the territorial dispute unilaterally filed by the Philippines before the international tribunal.
The two countries have been embroiled in territorial dispute over the vast South China Sea to which China claims 90 percent of the area. Other than the Philippines, other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, and Taiwan are also claiming portions of the South China Sea within their exclusive economic zones (EEC).
In a meeting recently held, which gathered more than 300 legal experts in China, the experts claimed that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has no jurisdiction over the case, the Chinese news outfit CCTV reported.
It can be recalled that the Philippines filed a territorial dispute before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which is expected to dispense a verdict over the same case either later this month or early June, is the same court that hears cases concerning disputes in the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as earlier reported by the Morning News USA.