MORE Chinese militia ships have been monitored in areas near islands in the South China Sea that are within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

According to defense and security expert Raymond Powell, based on their automatic tracking system or ATS, at least seven Chinese maritime militia ships were sighted 3 to 5 nautical miles off Pag-asa (Thitu) Island while the Philippine Coast Guard's (PCG) BRP Melchora Aquino is anchored off the island.

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