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Chinese Fishermen Sailing Closer to Coast of Western Philippines

As Beijing’s military forces consolidate positions in the adjacent South China Sea, officials here say they are finding Chinese poachers in what is clearly their territorial waters. “I have seen them as close as 15 kilometers off the coast,” said the Philippine National Police Maritime Group’s Captain Philip Suarez. “They are catching sharks, stingrays and endangered turtles.” Suarez pilots one of six vessels that make up the Special Boat Unit. The 10-meter-long ships were given to the...

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