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China’s Xi Urges Closer Naval Ties amid Regional Tensions

China’s Xi Urges Closer Naval Ties  amid Regional Tensions

QINGDAO, China — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged closer ties between the world’s navies on Tuesday, amid tensions over China’s rapid expansion of its naval forces and forceful assertions of territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Xi’s remarks came in an address to foreign naval officers attending a fleet review marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, an event Beijing is using to showcase its growing ability to exert force far from its shores.
Following his speech, Xi boarded the destroyer Xining, one of China’s most modern and capable warships, at the northern port of Qingdao to preside at the review, which will also feature China’s sole commissioned aircraft carrier, numerous other surface ships and submarines and a display of naval aviation.
China’s navy will “continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with foreign navies, actively shoulder its international responsibilities, safeguard the security of international waterways and provide more public goods for maritime security,” Xi was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.
“Holding high the banner of win-win cooperation, the Chinese military is committed to creating a security environment featuring equality, mutual trust, fairness and justice, joint participation and shared benefits,” said Xi, who also heads China’s armed forces.
Such rhetoric contrasts starkly with China’s aggressive approach to its territorial claims in the South China Sea, where it has built military installations on man-made islands in the crucial waters, which are also claimed by several other nations.
China claims virtually the entire South China Sea as its territory, along with rights to its fisheries and seabed resources. (AP)