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International Herald Leader: China Should Be Clear on Its Right to the Seas

The International Herald Leader, a subsidiary of Xinhua News, recently published a commentary on China’s position on its right to the sea. The commentary mentioned that, in the past two months, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially explained China’s position on the East China Sea and the South China Sea. The author said that China is taking steps to clarify its understanding of its rights to the nearby seas. This is to prevent any ambiguity in expressions, which might result in a strategic misjudgment. China’s traditional position was “putting aside disputes with joint development.” It seems the old fashioned position introduced uncertainty and openings that could be exploited. The commentary expressed the belief that China needs a peaceful international environment in which to grow. However, “a certain country” might find a few military conflicts between China and its neighbors to be just right. At least it would be much better (for that "certain country") than having to negotiate with China once China’s GDP surpasses US$10 trillion.

Source: Xinhua, March 12, 2012