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

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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