Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, has stressed building a strong and modernized maritime law enforcement force.
China's Ministry of Transport opened a maritime rescue center in Yongshu reef of the Nansha Islands on Tuesday, to better protect navigation and transport safety in the South China Sea.
The Chinese and Australian militaries will deepen mutual understanding and trust, expand practical cooperation and maintain positive growth in military relations, senior military officials said on Thursday.
Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) welcomed the continued improving cooperation with China on the South China Sea issue, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Friday.
Although China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are on the course to negotiate the text of a code of conduct in the South China Sea, outside forces continue to try and make waves.
Worldwide military-to-military ties are usually a useful barometer for gauging the degree of strategic mutual trust between countries.
Eight people have been rescued while three remain missing after a cargo ship sank in the South China Sea, according to the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration.