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China’s New Map: Just Another Dash?

China’s new official map features an extra ‘dash’ in the East China Sea. Yet the continued ambiguity surrounding the dashed line makes it difficult for China’s neighbours to evaluate its true aims

The recent publication of China’s new national map – which both re-affirms its historical claims to the South China Sea and incorporates a 10th ‘dash’ in the East China Sea, near Taiwan – has created ripples in Southeast Asia and beyond. Since the 10th dash is not, in fact, new, there is less novelty to this development than first meets the eye. It nonetheless raises important questions about China’s intentions, which hover around the basic ambiguity of its position. The

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