China Increasing Patrol in S China Sea
China plans to step up naval patrols in disputed waters in the South China Sea to protect its interests, Chinese state media quoted an official as saying.
The fisheries administration chief cited an increase in illegal fishing and other countries’ “unfounded claims” in seas that China claims as its own.
China sent a fisheries patrol ship to the South China Sea last week, and said it could deploy more similar vessels.
The patrols come after US and Chinese ships were involved in a confrontation.
“Faced with a growing amount of illegal fishing and other countries’ unfounded territorial claims it has become necessary to step up the fishery administration’s patrols to protect China’s rights and interests,” the China Daily quoted official Wu Zhuang as saying.
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