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With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on the South China Sea


After building artificial islands, China is now using large fleets of ostensibly civilian boats to press other countries’ vessels out of disputed waters. …

Photo: Philippines South China Sea In this photo provided Sunday, March 21, 2021, by the Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea, some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea on March 7, 2021. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels it believed were crewed by militias at a reef claimed by both countries in the South China Sea, but it did not immediately lodge a protest. (Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP)

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