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China's new maritime law fines ships that violate its waters

Legal change beefs up Beijing's policing in East China and South China seas

A Chinese patrol ship sails through the East China Sea in this photo provided by the Japan Coast Guard.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China on Thursday passed a law that imposes fines on foreign-flagged vessels for sailing in waters it claims as its own, adding more enforcement powers to its growing maritime presence.

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