Asean nations must deal collectively with China on fishing rights

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping's warning last week that China will protect its sovereignty "and related rights in the South China Sea" seems to mark a new policy in his southward push. It seems to go well beyond Beijing's self-declared nine-dash sea border in the South China Sea.

With China having established an overwhelming military presence in some of the Spratlys and Paracel Islands chains, Chinese fishing fleets, conspicuously protected by Chinese maritime border forces, now seem set on asserting a unique...

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