June 16, 2011
China has sent one of it largest patrol ships through the South China Sea amid heightened tension over the disputed waters.
The Haixun-31 sailed on Wednesday and will monitor shipping and “protect maritime security” on its way to Singapore, state media said.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman described the trip as routine.
Several Asian nations claim territory in the waters that include shipping lanes and may contain oil and gas.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 8:45 am