Maritime authorities say China’s coastguard presence in the South China Sea will be strengthened with a vessel to patrol the Paracel Islands. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea: Beijing unveils US$23.5 million contract for coastguard ship to patrol Paracel Islands

  • Vessel is part of maritime agency’s plans to take enforcement fleet to 20
  • US says coastguard and fishing boats will be dealt with as naval vessels
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Maritime authorities say China’s coastguard presence in the South China Sea will be strengthened with a vessel to patrol the Paracel Islands. Photo: Reuters
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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.