Beijing : In a bid to nullify the international tribunal’s verdict that struck down its claims over the disputed South China Sea, China’s Supreme Court issued a regulation reaffirming the country’s jurisdiction over its territorial seas warning foreigners of criminal liability for violations of its sovereignty.

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a regulation of judicial interpretation to clarify China’s jurisdiction over its territorial seas, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The explanation provides a clear legal basis for China to safeguard maritime order, marine safety and interests, and to exercise integrated management over the country’s jurisdictional seas, it quoted an SPC statement as saying.

The regulation, taking immediate effect, stated that intruders would be pursued with criminal liability.

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