Safeguard maritime rights and interests

By Chen Xiangyang ( China Daily ) Updated: 2012-06-11 08:17:13

Maritime disputes between China and some neighboring countries have escalated in recent years. The Philippines and Vietnam have tried every means they can think of to strengthen their illegal occupation of China's Nansha Islands. In the East China Sea, some Japanese right-wing politicians have staged the farce of trying to "buy" the Diaoyu Islands, over which China owns indisputable sovereignty. And in the Yellow Sea, fishery disputes between China and the Republic of Korea happen quite frequently.

A number of factors have contributed to the current maritime challenges facing China.

The first is the specific territorial disputes between China and some neighboring countries, which have been aggravated by the lack of strategic trust between the United States and China. The maritime sovereignty disputes between China and Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines are complex and troublesome, and the last thing China wants is to see these countries and the US joining hands against China. In fact, China and the US have no maritime sovereignty disputes, they are contending for sea power and influence.

Safeguard maritime rights and interests

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