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Beijing claims 'indisputable sovereignty' over South China Sea
By John Pomfret
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 31, 2010

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/30/AR2010073005664.html?noredirect=on

The Chinese military declared Friday that China had "indisputable sovereignty" over the South China Sea but insisted it would continue to allow others to freely navigate one of the busiest waterways in the world.

The statement by the People's Liberation Army seemed designed to reiterate China's claims to the entire 1.3 million-square-mile waterway while calming concerns in Washington and Asian capitals that its policy toward the region had suddenly become significantly more aggressive.

"China has indisputable sovereignty of the South Sea, and China has sufficient historical and legal backing" to support its claims, Senior Col. Geng Yansheng, a Ministry of Defense spokesman, told reporters Friday during a visit to an engineering unit on the outskirts of Beijing.

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