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China May Deploy Navy in Spats With Philippines in South China Sea, Chinese Analysts Say

Chinese vessel (R) shadowing a civilian boat chartered by the Philippine navy to deliver supplies to Philippine navy ship BRP Sierra Madre in the disputed South China Sea. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Weeks of steadily escalating confrontations between the coast guards of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea culminated on Tuesday with Chinese analysts saying Beijing may deploy navy ships in future encounters.

China has generally only used its coast guard when attempting to drive away patrols by other countries in the area, which Beijing claims as its own despite international rulings to the contrary.

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