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China's economic and military might has grown in recent years along
with its overseas trade and investment. China is becoming an oceanic
power with growing clout in the Asia-Pacific region.
It demonstrated naval, air and amphibious strength this year by
holding exercises in the South and East China seas, where it has
unresolved territorial and maritime boundary disputes with several
Southeast Asian countries and with Japan.
Both areas appear to have become core national interests, meaning that
sovereignty and other claims to control by China will be vigorously