The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Unopposed no more: Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea increasingly draw US attention

  • China’s armada of fishing-cum-militia vessels and giant coastguard ships helps assert claims over islands and energy-rich waters, Richard Heydarian writes
  • The US response, which now includes deploying coastguard cutters, has made the ‘grey zone’ even more crowded

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (left) and ships from its strike group in the South China Sea in October, part of a bolder US response to China’s activities there. Photo: AFP
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