A protester displays a placard during a rally near the Chinese Consulate in the financial district of Makati city, Philippines, to denounce the alleged deployment of surface-to-air-missiles by China on the disputed islands off South China Sea, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are calling on China to halt its island-building on some of the disputed islands and its alleged increasing militarization. AP/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines — More frequent harassment of fishermen may occur as Beijing increases its facilities in the disputed South China Sea, an analyst said.
Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) director Gregory Poling said that the most direct victims of China’s recent actions in the disputed sea will be the naval, coast guard and civilian fleets of other claimant countries.
“Simple arithmetic suggests that this year will see more frequent harassment of and clashes with Filipino, Malaysian, and Vietnamese fishermen, oil and gas exploration vessels, and military ships and planes as China increases its capacity to patrol more of the South China Sea and interdict vessels operating in what Beijing considers its sovereign space,” Poling said in his article released by Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.