As China contests islands from Japan to Malaysia, it has deployed its ‘maritime militia’ across the South China Sea.
In March, more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels occupied a reef off the coast of the Philippines.
They were manned not by fishermen but ex-navy officers, who operate nearly identical vessels estimated to number 3,000.
China, which claims the South China Sea as its own, has built a navy that is bigger in number than that of the United States.
Graham Ong-Webb, adjunct fellow at RSIS, explains how China came to dominate the sea.
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