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Chinese legal scholars escalate offensive on South China Sea ruling

Xue Hanqin, second from left, a judge at the International Court of Justice, says on July 15 the recent ruling on South China Sea disputes may aggravate regional tension. (Photo by Jennifer Lo)

HONG KONG -- China has ratcheted up its campaign to discredit the July 12 ruling by an international tribunal in The Hague over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, as top Chinese legal experts have leapt to the country's defense.  

The latest attack came from Xue Hanqin, a judge at the International Court of Justice -- the United Nation's primary judicial organ, who criticized the tribunal's verdict for fueling tensions in the region.

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