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HOW FAR WILL THE DRAGON SWIM?
The Dragon shows every intention of swimming all of the South and East China Seas and the Yellow sea and a portion of the Sea of Japan and maintaining it as a private swimming pool. To provide privacy right up to the beach of the Philippines and the southernmost islands of Japan it is consolidating its five maritime law enforcement agencies into a single Coast Guard Service that it is tentatively calling its Maritime Police Bureau. One of the agencies undergoing transformation into a paramilitary maritime police force is the Regional Bureau of the South China Sea Fishery Management Service which recently placed into service its largest vessel ever. Apparently they plan on running their neighbors out of their own backyards with water cannon. We view the Chinese dragon's plan to steal the islands of the Philippines at the point of a water cannon as something of an improvement over what they did to Vietnam at the start of this round of misbehavior when they simply machine gunned to death the resistance. Frankly an invasion is an invasion and breaking and entering by water cannon is just as illegal as using a firearm and the "home owner" in most U.S. southern states has an absolute right to respond with deadly force without the burglar showing an intent to use deadly force, forcible entry is enough. The dragon is playing with fire not realizing that fire can consume itself. Below are links to a recent U.S. Government paper on the emerging Chinese unified "Coast Guard", and a China daily report on the start into service of the nation's largest fisheries enforcement vessel.
NAVAL WA R C O L L E G E
CHINA MARITIME STUDIES INSTITUTE
Lyle J. Goldstein
Maritime Enforcement Capabilities
FROM THE CHINA DAILY: