China’s stance on the S. China Sea dispute

Beijing’s strategy document.

A look at China’s stance on the South China Sea dispute

With tensions running high over disputes in the South China Sea, Beijing has outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach. DW speaks to analyst Nong Hong about China’s motives and the implications for the region.

In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country’s cabinet, China vowed to increase its “open seas protection”, stressing the need for “active defense” at sea as part of an update to its military strategy. In its white paper on military strategy, Beijing accused “some offshore neighbors of taking provocative actions and reinforcing their military presence on China’s reefs and islands that they have illegally occupied.”

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