Admiral John Richardson said records showed the US had not stepped up operations in the South China Sea. Photo: AP

US naval chief says ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises in South China Sea get more attention than they deserve

  • Admiral John Richardson says the US has been as consistent in number of its operations across the South China Sea as Beijing has in criticising them
Topic |   South China Sea

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Admiral John Richardson said records showed the US had not stepped up operations in the South China Sea. Photo: AP
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Maritime authorities say China’s coastguard presence in the South China Sea will be strengthened with a vessel to patrol the Paracel Islands. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea: Beijing unveils US$23.5 million contract for coastguard ship to patrol Paracel Islands

  • Vessel is part of maritime agency’s plans to take enforcement fleet to 20
  • US says coastguard and fishing boats will be dealt with as naval vessels
Topic |   South China Sea

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Maritime authorities say China’s coastguard presence in the South China Sea will be strengthened with a vessel to patrol the Paracel Islands. Photo: Reuters
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