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Pentagon Report: China Used ‘Low-Intensity Coercion’ in Maritime Territorial Disputes

China flag_EGovThe U.S. Defense Department‘s annual report to Congress on the Chinese military offers information about maritime tensions between China and neighboring countries.

DoD has found that China implemented low-intensity coercive measures and punitive trade policies to avoid a military confrontation with Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines over disputed islands in the east and south China seas.

The department also believes China used military and commercial ships as a tool to deter claimant nations around south China sea islands and compel regional acceptance of the country’s sovereignty claims.

China also sought international support for its territorial claims on east China sea islands through the submission of a white paper to the United Nations and publication of advertisements in foreign newspapers, DoD said.

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