China acknowledged that its fishing vessel hit and sank a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea last June, but said it was unintentional. Photo: AP

China and Vietnam ‘likely to clash again’ as they build maritime militias

  • Vietnamese fishing boat sank last week after colliding with Chinese coastguard ship, as neighbours report seeing more Chinese vessels
  • Use of state-supported fishing militias in the disputed South China Sea can facilitate force without necessarily sparking a military response, experts say
Topic |   South China Sea
China acknowledged that its fishing vessel hit and sank a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea last June, but said it was unintentional. Photo: AP
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