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Big ideas of 2015: the Chinese lake

A third of the world’s shipping goes through the South China Sea's waters, and it is an important fishing ground

Some accuse China of treating the South China Sea as it's own "lake"

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China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea is raising fears that it is bent on turning the maritime region into “a Chinese lake.” Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, has already accused it of trying to create “Lake Beijing” by extending its influence and military operations while pressing its claim to disputed territories (as indicated by…

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