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History supports China's maritime claims: expert

Updated: 2014-02-07 08:08
By Pu Zhendong ( China Daily)

A Chinese expert has responded to statements from Washington and Manila that challenged Beijing's territorial sovereignty in the South China Sea, calling on the international community to respect historical evidence instead of adding to regional tensions.

Li Guoqiang, a Southeast Asian studies researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said on Thursday that China's presence in and exploration of the South China Sea dates back 2,000 years.

With tensions already high after China introduced its air defense zone over the East China Sea last year, a United States diplomat said on Wednesday that China must clarify or adjust its claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea.

History supports China's maritime claims: expert

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