THE DRAGON EXPANDS ITS MARITIME MILITIA
|US Coast Guard cutter Rush escorting the illegal fishing boat Da Cheng back to China.|
Now That China's Commercial Fishing Fleet Is Armed And Labeled A "Maritime Militia" Will They Leave American, Japanese Or Philippine Waters As Peacefully Ever Again? Given China's Naval Inexperience This Seems A Surefire Way to Start A Naval Shooting War.
When the inevitable exchange of fire between one of these armed fishermen and a Philippine, Vietnam, Singaporean coast guard vessel occurs will the Chinese claim that a "war ship" of their flag was attacked, or an errant and well meaning fisherman? China says the militarization of their fishing fleet will boost production. The only way arming fishing boats increases production is if you intend to rob the protected fishing grounds of another nation state. Once armed what will keep the fishermen from assuming that their "jurisdiction" and "sovereign immunity" don't extend to offshore Guam or Wake Island. Will they surrender peacefully when arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The maritime militia is pretty rag tag now but China is trying to build its first state owned commercial fishing fleet and first rank of the armed fishing vessel militia. We would suspect that the state owned and organized vessels might more closely respond to naval controls. But right now the Dragon has created Dodge City out there in the south China Sea. THis is not going to end well.
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