China pushes back

Focus on sovereignty and security.

China to boost maritime presence in disputed sea zone

Zhen Liu

China is to strengthen its presence at sea to protect its territorial sovereignty and safeguard freedom of navigation in Chinese-administered waters, according to the draft of the government’s five-year plan released yesterday.

The commitment comes amid rising tensions between China, its neighbours and the US over Beijing’s increasingly assertive territorial claims in the East and South China seas.

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