30 Apr '16, 5pm

Nations must resist China's maritime flexing, Australian think-tank says - Stars and Stripes

Strengthening and widening maritime and aerial confidence-building measures to bring China-Japan and China-Association of Southeast Asian Nation codes to the same level as China-U.S. rules. Codes on unplanned encounters at sea should also include coast guards and other civilian maritime law enforcement agencies. Countries should execute freedom of navigation flights and voyages within the 12-mile zones of the islands China claims and its 230 miles exclusive economic zone. Maritime capacity building should also be expanded to enable all countries to respond to China's growing presence. This should involve the transfer of ships, aircraft and surveillance technologies to allow countries like the Philippines and Malaysia to patrol their regional waters. Expansion of diplomatic criticism to target its reputation as a good international citizen, including strengthening support f...

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