South China Sea

A Philippine fisherman prepares to weigh a fish at the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Photo: Reuters

Life among fishermen at ‘powder keg’ in the South China Sea

Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China’s power in Asia’s most disputed waters.