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Proxy fighters in the South China Sea

Most S-E Asian coast guards are likely to remain under-equipped while China is likely to be more prone to use coast guard vessels to further its claims in the area.

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Singapore's Police Coast Guard operates mainly in the country's territorial waters (ie, out to 12 nm), guarding mainly against illegal immigration and terrorist intrusions, and protecting offshore islands.

THE upcoming Imdex Asia, a maritime defence exhibition and conference, to be held in Singapore next week from May 19 to 21, is one of Asia's most important showcases for regional naval capabilities. However, while considerable attention is paid to the buildup of navies in and around the South

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