A Philippine coastguard ship sails past a Chinese coastguard vessel during a Philippine-US rescue exercise near the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

China’s neighbours bolster their coastguards as stand-off stokes tensions in disputed South China Sea

  • Philippines and Vietnam moved to empower their coastguards after heavily armed Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard ships began eyeing one another at Vanguard Bank
  • Stand-off points to the active role being played by coastguard vessels in Asia’s most complex territorial dispute
Topic |   South China Sea

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A Philippine coastguard ship sails past a Chinese coastguard vessel during a Philippine-US rescue exercise near the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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