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Beijing demands tanker owners detail what they’re carrying onboard as they enter Chinese waters

Tanker owners coming near to China have more paperwork to complete. China is flexing its muscle in the South China Sea at a time where the US and allies are conducting military procedures in the region.

Beijing on Sunday unveiled new maritime rules which mandate vessels carrying radioactive materials, oil, chemicals, LNG and a host of other supplies to report the details of their cargoes upon their entry into Chinese waters.

Beijing claims almost all of the 1.3m sq miles South China Sea as its sovereign territory.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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