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China Must Prepare for ‘People’s War at Sea,’ Defense Chief Says

By Jesse Johnson

The Japan Times, 2 August 2016

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has warned of maritime security threats and called for increased preparations for what he termed a “people’s war at sea”as Beijing seeks to “safeguard sovereignty” after last month’s international tribunal ruling rejected its historic claims to much of the South China Sea.

Chang, who was speaking during an inspection in coastal Zhejiang province, “called for recognition of the seriousness of the national security situation, especially the threat from the sea,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

The military, police and public should prepare for mobilization to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, he was also quoted as saying.

Chang’s comments come at a time of heightened tensions in the South China Sea after a tribunal with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague ruled against Beijing’s claims to virtually the entire strategic waterway, through which more than $5 trillion in annual trade passes.

Read more at http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/03/asia-pacific/china-must-prepare-peoples-war-sea-defense-chief-says/#.V6K3TmR94xc

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The Xinhua’s report: http://eng.mod.gov.cn/TopNews/2016-08/02/content_4706231.htm

Facts on the ground and on the waters: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/south-china-sea-facts-on-the-ground-and-on-the-waters/

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