Beijing’s grey zone tactics have included the deployment of non-military coastguard vessels and civil militia ships to significantly enlarge China’s presence in the East and South China seas. Photo: AP

US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead

  • More pre-emptive measures expected to enforce rules against non-military Chinese vessels in contested waters
  • Analysts urge more red lines and proactive action
Topic |   South China Sea

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Beijing’s grey zone tactics have included the deployment of non-military coastguard vessels and civil militia ships to significantly enlarge China’s presence in the East and South China seas. Photo: AP
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A People’s Liberation Army Navy type 056 corvette was spotted near the island in January. Photo: AMTI

Beijing sends fleet of ships to disputed South China Sea island ‘to stop Philippines building facilities’

  • Number of ships sent to Spratly Islands reached 95 in mid-December in what US monitors believe was part of effort to coerce Manila into stopping construction work
  • China, Vietnam and the Philippines all lay claim to the island chain
Topic |   South China Sea

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A People’s Liberation Army Navy type 056 corvette was spotted near the island in January. Photo: AMTI
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