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Civilian Patrol Ship Heads To Tense Region

June 16 2011


China says a maritime patrol vessel has been sent to the disputed South China Sea, Agence France-Presse reports.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that the Haixun 31, a Maritime Safety Administration of Guangdong ship, departed Wednesday to Singapore for a regular visit.

The Haixun 31, a civilian vessel, is outfitted with a helicopter and is said to be able to stay at sea for 40 days.

This marks the first time Chinese authorities have sent a large patrol boat to...

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