East China Sea

Crew members stand on the deck of the vessel "Haixun 01" of China's Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) at Bo Aung Kyaw Jetty in Yangon. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP via Getty Images)

China tries to impose new shipping rules in disputed waters

Mainland China has attempted to tighten control over the disputed water in the South China Sea with new requirements for foreign ships. In a recent statement, officials in Beijing said international vessels must notify China’s Maritime Safety Administration when passing through the disputed region.