Beijing’s redefined navigational area encompasses parts of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Beijing’s redefined navigational area encompasses parts of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

South China Sea: Beijing reclassifies navigation area to increase control, experts say

  • Change to regulation drawn up in 1974 indicative of Beijing’s drive to bring as much of the disputed waterway under its control as possible
  • Country is facing growing criticism on the world stage over its claims to almost all of the South China Sea

Beijing’s redefined navigational area encompasses parts of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Beijing’s redefined navigational area encompasses parts of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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