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NAMAZU ADDRESSES THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD: THE DRAGON'S COAST GUARD
|NAMAZU GIANT JAPANESE CATFISH AND FORMER DEMIGOD , NOW AAB'S LEAD MARITIME ANALYST|
EDITOR'S NOTE: We have been following the evolution of China's massive and aggressive "coast guard" since the very beginning. If any one post in our collection marks the "birth" of the Chinese coast guard this would be it.
Hello English speaking bipeds! It is I Namazu once again, still trying to complete my analysis for you of the strengths and weaknesses of the collective naval power of the English speaking nations and those of the Dragon and her allies. I want you to truly know the challenges you face. A recent article published by the Bloomberg News Service indicates that China is consolidating its maritime law enforcement agencies into a single body. As described in the article:
"The State Oceanic Administration will oversee the coast guard, fisheries law-enforcement and the smuggling police, which now fall under separate ministries, a report to the National People’s Congress, the country’s legislature, said yesterday. The administration also has a law enforcement arm. "
This is a development that Americans with maritime backgrounds are well familiar with. The United States in 1789 had a Customs Service and a Light House Service. In 1789 it formed the "Revenue Marine" or "Revenue Cutter Service '(RCS) under the treasury department and empowered it as both a law and customs enforcement agency and an armed service naval in character and coming under the command and control of the Navy in time of war. The RCS would be charged with making winter patrols to aid mariner's in distress and had permissive authority to engage in search and rescue. The Light House Service continued to expand and eventually a paramilitary Search and Rescue organization called the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) evolved all in various departments, coordinating and cooperating as best as possible. Finally around 1917 these various agencies were absorbed into the military structure of the revenue Marine and renamed the U.S. Coast Guard. It is exactly this same type of rationalization and coordination that is taking place in China. Normally this would not be a cause for concern. The problem with China is that it has been using these non military government vessels of the several agencies currently carrying on Coast Guard like functions for aggressive purposes. Again from the cite article:
"The decision signals that China wants to better organize its maritime assets as it wrangles with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in territorial disputes. The U.S. has expressed concern that an accident or miscommunication could lead that sparring to escalate further."
To put it bluntly China uses it so called maritime law enforcement capacities to bully its neighbors into ceding maritime territory. It is one thing to have enough maritime law enforcement and sovereignty patrol capacity to secure a nation's typical 12 mile territorial sea and contiguous customs enforcement zones and an exclusive economic zone out to roughly 200 miles where available. It is quite another thing to use such capabilities to enforce claims more than 400 miles from a nation's mainland and within 12 to 200 miles of someone else's. The Dragon simply is determined to see the South , East China, and Yellow Sea become a Chinese lake. Normally we applaud the rationalization of an emerging nation's Coast Guard forces. But China's emerging Coast Guard organization is simply a thug force.
Here is a link to the complete article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-10/china-bolsters-maritime-law-enforcement-amid-island-disputes.html