Want China Times
By: Chang Kuo-wei and Staff Reporter
Chinese academics have been visiting Taiwan looking for cooperation with
local scholars on addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Mainland scholars attended an international closed-door academic seminar in Taipei on Oct. 7 and 8 on the development and implications of an arbitration case on the South China Sea currently proceeding in the Netherlands.
The initiative comes as the Arbitral Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague is expected to give its first ruling on the Philippines’ case against China’s activities in the South China Sea in the next few weeks, which could strike a blow to China’s sovereignty claims in the region.
The tribunal will decide on the legality of China’s “nine-dash line” claim over the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Philippines and China are signatories to the agreement. [FULL STORY]