The discussion took place between Australian defense officials and General the chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, China Cheat Sheets reports.
Beijing warned Australia as well as the United States not to send ships which have been conducting “freedom of navigation” drills in order to challenge China's claim to nearly the entire South China Sea, a lucrative waterway that sees $5 trillion worth of goods shipped through each year.
Legal experts believe Manila has a strong chance of winning the case based after the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal’s rejection of China’s arguments in the hearing. The court in The Hague is now entering deliberations and says they will make a ruling by 2016, the China Cheat Sheets noted.
However, it is unlikely for a ruling in favor of the Philippines to be enforced. However, the decision could put China in a difficult position on the world stage. The decision will mark the first time an international court has made a ruling on the South China Sea issue.