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Taiwan tensions

China Coast Guard chief promoted to naval leader for Taiwan Strait

Wang Zhongcai known for frequent incursions into Japan-administered Senkakus

A Chinese light frigate passes through waters near Okinawa's Yonaguni Island last month. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Defense)   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- The China Coast Guard chief who oversaw repeated incursions into Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands has been promoted to naval commander in charge of the East China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.

Wang Zhongcai attended a meeting with locals in the Zhejiang province city of Ningbo in late July as commander of the People's Liberation Army Navy's Eastern Theater Command, according to Chinese media.

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