Supreme Court of China on 13 March 2016 announced to create its own international maritime judicial centre. The centre will be established to handle territorial disputes and protect China’s sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests at sea.
The announcement of the centre was made by the Chief Justice Zhou Qiang during the ongoing annual meeting of China's parliament. This centre would help China to become a maritime power.
Details of the location, kind of cases it would have jurisdiction over were not provided.
Territorial disputes of China
It seems that it was against the backdrop of ongoing South China Sea dispute, the international maritime judicial centre is planned. China have territorial dispute interlinked to South and East China Sea with countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan.
Earlier in July 2015, Philippines lodged a case against China on nine-dash line at the UN's Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. But China has refused to participate.
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