For years now, Beijing has been stepping up pressure on the territory it sees at its own.
One of its latest tactics in that campaign: dredging up sand around the Taiwan-run Matsu islands. Since 2020, Chinese dredging ships have started operating heavily around the islands, which are just off the shores of mainland China, dropping anchor and scooping up vast amounts of sand from the ocean bed for construction projects.
It’s a strategy that’s testing Taiwan’s coast guard, and officials say it’s disrupting their local economy and intimidating residents and tourists.
The ships are also a problem for local fishermen.
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