Beijing Ratchets up the South China Sea…

Chinese state media recently announced new regulations that would see Hainan maritime police boarding vessels that have illegally entered its “territory” in the South China Sea, opening yet another chapter in the long-running maritime and territorial dispute. The orders, to be enacted on Jan. 1, were quickly denounced from claimant states involved in the dispute, who view this as effort by China to restrict regional freedom of navigation.

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