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Monitoring of DPRK ship-to-ship transfers actually aimed at China

Asahi front-paged on Sunday a report claiming that the eight-nation monitoring of North Korea’s illicit ship-to-ship transfer activities in the East and South China Seas is actually surveillance of China. Participants in this operation are the “Five Eyes” — the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand – and Japan, France, and the ROK, with their command center located on USS Blue Ridge, the U.S. Seventh Fleet’s flagship homeported in Yokosuka. Asahi observed that the participants do not share information on their activities but engage only in bilateral coordination with the U.S. It quoted unnamed senior officials of several participating nations saying that the purpose of this operation is to keep China’s growing power in the East and South China Seas in check.

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