China Strengthens Claims Over Disputed Waters With New Maritime Law Against Foreign Ships

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China will begin requiring foreign vessels to report their call signs and cargo before sailing into its “territorial sea”—a term it applies to all the islands it claims in the South China Sea and beyond.

The new regulation under China’s Maritime Traffic Safety Law will come into effect on September 1, according to a notice published last Friday by the country’s Maritime Safety Administration.

Observers say the move could see further attempts by Beijing to control the civilian and military traffic around its claimed territories, which include hundreds of South China Sea features, but also extend to Taiwan, its outlying islands and the Japan-controlled Senkaku island chain in the East China Sea.

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