China coastguard vessels are pictured at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. Photo: Reuters China coastguard vessels are pictured at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. Photo: Reuters
China coastguard vessels are pictured at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. Photo: Reuters

Non-military encounters in South China Sea to intensify if Philippines implements maritime militia plan, say observers

  • Manila’s navy chief announced last week that about 240 militiamen would be deployed to the contested waters of the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands
  • Implementation of the plan remains unclear as the nation’s defence secretary says there is currently no government budget for it

Topic |   South China Sea
China coastguard vessels are pictured at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. Photo: Reuters China coastguard vessels are pictured at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. Photo: Reuters
China coastguard vessels are pictured at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. Photo: Reuters
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