Some of the Chinese vessels pictured this month at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
Some of the Chinese vessels pictured this month at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters

Spratly Islands: are Chinese boats baiting fish, or the Philippines?

  • Reports of more than 200 vessels at the disputed Whitsun Reef have added to complaints that Beijing is militarising the South China Sea
  • As Manila calls the presence a maritime militia and Beijing maintains they are sheltering fishers, the Philippines weighs how to respond

Some of the Chinese vessels pictured this month at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
Some of the Chinese vessels pictured this month at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
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