BEIJING – A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.
CHINESE NAVY’S SOUTH CHINA SEA FLEET BOOSTS CAPABILITIES
China’s military says it has boosted the capabilities of the navy’s South China Sea fleet with the addition of a salvage and rescue squadron equipped with boats and divers.
Chinese vessels operating in the 3.5 million-square-kilometer (1.35 million-square-mile) sea had formerly been forced to rely on a salvage and rescue squadron based in northern…