Chinese coastguard and fishing vessels have been increasingly active in the disputed waters. Photo: AP

Beijing’s blurred lines between military and non-military shipping in South China Sea could raise risk of flashpoint

  • Increasing deployment of coastguard and fishing vessels in disputed waters risks undermining regional stability
  • China’s construction of dual-use facilities ‘muddies the waters’ and increases concern among neighbouring countries which have their own claims
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese coastguard and fishing vessels have been increasingly active in the disputed waters. Photo: AP
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, before the meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tries to smooth over South China Sea tensions in meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

  • Philippine leader seeks to set differences aside and pledges support for belt and road plans as he meets Chinese counterpart
Topic |   Belt and Road: 2019 Forum

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, before the meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
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