Daily Memo: China Plans More Powers in Contested Waters

Planned changes would grant Beijing the authority to block vessels if it decides international law doesn't apply.

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Chinese blockade threats. China is reportedly planning changes to its 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law. The changes hint at a potential new tactic in its efforts to assert control over contested waters in its near abroad. According to Japanese media, the amendments would grant the Transport Ministry the authority to block vessels if it determines […]

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