Recently the Mainich News reported the following:
On the 2nd, the Chinese official Xinhua news agency said that a large-scale fishery patrol boat the "Fishing politics 306" (400-ton class) of the agricultural ministry was made to station for the first time in the sea around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea where it had conflict with Vietnam etc. concerning the sovereignty. It was said that the boat had already departed from a sea port in Guangdong province. It looked likely that the stationing of a patrol boat by China would cause worry to the surrounding countries.
According to a report, "Fishing politics 308" and "Fishing politics 309" both less then 100-ton had been doing round-the-clock watching service up to now around Paracel Islands. However, it was a new decision to make "Fishing politics 306" to station to do monitoring activities because the business to watch the the fishing boats etc. had increased. It was assumed that up to now the two boats were together "Defending China's oceanic sovereignty and the fishing rights, and securing the fisherman's safety".
In China the State Councilor (vice premier level) Dai Bingguo whose duties included diplomacy had scheduled to visit Vietnam on the 5th to 9th , and there was a possibility that this stationing might become a new cause for the two countries to have discussion.
To station such a big fishery patrol boat in this sensitive region would likely cause alarm in the neighbouring countries such a Vietnam and the Philippines.