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China’s U-shaped Encirclement

The South China Sea is once again a strategic issue for China and its neighbourhood

Alexander Neill RUSI Over the past year, the South China Sea has become a renewed focus as a ‘core concern’ for China, its neighbours and the United States. In mid-2009, US surveillance ships operating close to China’s exclusive economic zone found themselves harassed by groups of Chinese fishing boats, corralled into what has been described as ‘naval militia’ groups by Chinese fishery protection agencies. More recently, the same assertive behaviour has been observed in and

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Alexander Neill

Senior Research Fellow, Asia Studies

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