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
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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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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.