China says it now has 'true' picture of assets

Posted at 10/29/12 7:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines - China said it now has a “true” picture on the coverage of its coastal water resources as it reiterated anew it has the option to respond forcefully against challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

In a report on its web portal, the Chinese government announced the completion of its marine survey that showed it has a total of 19,057 km of continental coastline and 10,312 sea islands. Of these, 569 are inhabited.

Called "Comprehensive Survey and Assessment on Coastal Waters," the project has been China's largest marine survey since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

China also said on Friday it will not give any concessions with regard to its territorial survey, and may even respond forcefully against challenges to it.

While China pursues a policy of friendship and partnership with its neighboring countries, including the Philippines, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said it can always use force.

China is not only involved in a maritime dispute against the Philippines.

It earlier criticized Japan’s purchase of the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands. China said this constituted a grave violation of its territorial sovereignty.