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China Repeats Claims Over Disputed Islands

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China's People's Liberation Army Deputy Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, speaks during the fourth plenary session of the 12th International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit: in Singapore, June 2, 2013.

China's People's Liberation Army Deputy Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, speaks during the fourth plenary session of the 12th International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit: in Singapore, June 2, 2013.

A senior Chinese general says warships will continue to patrol waters where Beijing has territorial claims, despite disputes with other Asian countries.

Speaking at an annual security conference in Singapore Sunday, Lieutenant-General Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army, said Beijing regards the East China Sea and the South China Sea as being under Chinese sovereignty.

Qi told the delegates that Chinese warships and patrolling activities are totally legitimate and uncontroversial.

China is embroiled in territorial disputes with Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia over several resource-rich islands in the two seas.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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