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Ship's sovereignty duty

CHINA'S largest ocean surveillance ship has gone on patrol in the South China Sea, reinforcing the country's sovereignty over the area, the Global Times newspaper reported.

The ship, China Yuzheng 311, sailed from Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, on Tuesday to patrol and protect Chinese fishing grounds around the Nansha and Xisha islands, the report said.

It is a converted naval vessel at 4,450 tons, the country's largest fisheries patrol ship, and has a top speed of 37 kilometers per hour.

Because some countries claim sovereignty of areas there, Chinese patrol ships have been challenged in the past by overseas vessels patrolling in the South China Sea. Some Chinese fishermen have been held illegally.

China has long claimed sovereignty over the South China Sea, said Liu Tianrong, an official with South China Sea fisheries administrative bureau.

The bureau plans to expand its patrol fleet to strengthen security over the next five years, Wu Zhuang, the bureau's director, said.

The Philippines and Malaysia both tried to claim sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea recently.


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