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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An aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where the US is calling for crisis communication mechanism to reduce the threat of a military miscalculation. Photo: AFP

No reply from Beijing to US call for South China Sea crisis talks

  • Admiral Philip Davidson slams Chinese muscle flexing over disputed waters
  • No response to ‘standing ask’ for a communication mechanism to reduce threat of miscalculation
Topic |   US-China relations

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An aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where the US is calling for crisis communication mechanism to reduce the threat of a military miscalculation. Photo: AFP
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