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China to Start Regular Patrols From Disputed South China Sea Island

China has announced plans to start regular civilian patrols of the disputed South China Sea, a move that could further escalate tensions in the region.

A state-run media report Tuesday said a 5,000 ton patrol vessel will be based at what Beijing calls Sansha City in the Paracel Islands, which already hosts a Chinese military garrison.

The China Ocean News says the ship will begin making regular patrols through the waters of the South China Sea, site of territorial disputes between China and four ASEAN nations, including Vietnam.

Hanoi, which recently condemned a new Chinese regulation requiring foreign fishermen to seek Beijing's approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, has not commented on the news.  

But Nguyen Nha, an expert on China-Vietnam relations, told VOA's Vietnamese service he is not surprised by Beijing's plan.

“From the early 20th century, China has repeatedly made different statements claiming its sovereignty over all area within the 9-dash line, not just the Paracels. It has done things beneficial to itself. As an emerging power, Beijing needs to maintain order in the region,” he  said.

China took control of the Paracel islands after a bloody naval battle in 1974.

Beijing's claims in the South China Sea overlap with those of ASEAN members Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. All four are seeking multilateral talks to resolve the disputes. Beijing has said, however, it will hold only one-on-one negotiations.

The United States says it does not take a position on the sovereignty disputes, but has consistently criticized Chinese moves it calls aggressive. Washington also has expanded military alliances with Southeast Asian nations involved in the disputes.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Vietnamese service.

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by: Anonymous
January 22, 2014 5:20 AM
Neighboring country that involve in the claimant in south china will be united each military even though that are not strong like the chinese military machine. But if you are united to show that more teeth and be allied and rearm each other..we have more military power rather than ccpp chinas intrussion in neighboring country..the asian have no teeth to fight what are the better position for the asian.because most of member are pro china better to abolish the asian...

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by: DeepBlueSea
January 23, 2014 5:40 PM
Only Philippine and Vietnam would got excited because Filipinos and Vietnamese have been loitering on China's islands.
China is coming back to South China Sea to evict loiterers from China islands in South China Sea


by: Lee Nguyen from: VA
January 21, 2014 9:04 PM
Vietnam should follow Manila's footsteps in bringing China to UN International Court of Arbitration. Small claimants should unite against China.

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by: Juan dela Cruz from: Philippines
January 22, 2014 3:09 AM
I agree more, China should be suppress!!

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