China has transferred two destroyers and nine other ex-navy vessels to its maritime surveillance fleet, reports said Monday, as it moves to beef up its position in bitter territorial rows with Japan and other neighbours.
This handout picture taken by the Japan Coast Guard shows a Chinese marine surveillance ship cruising near disputed islands -- known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China -- in the East China Sea on December 17, 2012. China has transferred two destroyers and nine other ex-navy vessels to its maritime surveillance fleet, according to one of China's major news portals.
Beijing renovated the ships and transferred them to surveillance operations to "alleviate the insufficiency of vessels used to protect maritime interests", Tencent, one of China's major news portals, reported.
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