Xi Jinping inspects coastal command, emphasises maritime rights protection

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President Xi

1st December 2023 – (Beijing) Chinese President Xi Jinping conducted an inspection of the East China Sea area command office of the China Coast Guard, under the auspices of the People’s Armed Police Force, on Wednesday. Xi, who also holds the positions of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, underscored the importance of enhancing the capabilities to safeguard maritime rights and execute maritime law enforcement.

During his visit, Xi was updated on the operations of the command office and observed Coast Guard vessels carrying out their missions via a video link.

The Chinese President highlighted the need for effective maritime law enforcement and an unwavering commitment to the protection of China’s territorial sovereignty, as well as maritime rights and interests.

Xi Jinping called for improvements in the mechanism of coordination in maritime law enforcement, a crack-down on offshore crimes, and measures to ensure the healthy growth of the marine economy. He also stressed the importance of fostering international exchanges and cooperation in maritime law enforcement and active participation in international and regional ocean governance.

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Further, Xi exhorted for the advancement of the command office building’s level and emphasised the need to holistically strengthen Party building to ensure political integrity.

Senior military official He Weidong also participated in the inspection.

This inspection comes in the context of increasing geopolitical tension in the East China Sea and underlines the emphasis that the Chinese leadership is placing on maritime sovereignty and rights. The call for international cooperation also suggests a willingness to engage with the global community on these critical issues.