CHINA: New Border Dispute Body at Time of Growing Tensions

Beijing has confirmed that its more assertive stance in recent territorial spats with its neighbours is a prelude to a more forceful projection of China’s rising military and diplomatic clout in the region and beyond.

The Foreign Ministry has announced the setting up of a new agency entrusted with tackling land and maritime border disputes, at a time of escalating rows between China and its neighbours over disputed territories in the South China and East China Sea.

It is also a time when quarrels with the United States have become routine, leading to rising military tensions between the world’s only superpower and the nation aspiring to the title.