THE DRAGON ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF A COAST GUARD AND USES IT FOR BULLYING ITS NEIGHBOR THE NEXT DAY
Quite some time ago we carried a series of blogs describing the world's coast guards. At that time China hadn't consolidated its many maritime law enforcement agencies into a recognized "coast guard". If you read it you may recall that Some coast guards aren't even armed. The primary purpose of a coast guard is the enforcement of laws within the waters legitimately under the legal administration of the nation forming the guard. Many coast guards also provide search and rescue services, and environmental response services. A few like the U.S. Coast Guard are also naval auxiliaries and provide combat services to the nation's navy. However in such cases the vessels and personnel engaged in combat from Coast Guard fleets and rosters are temporarily transferred to the operational control of the Navy. The primary distinction between Navies and Coast Guards is the non aggressive posture of the coast guards. When armed they are lightly armed. When engaged in military work they are seconded to naval control and rarely identified as Coast Guard elements. When operating outside waters under some form of jurisdiction of their nation it is generally for regional cooperative exercises, or search and rescue operation extending into international waters. Coast Guards are formed as separate and distinct services from national navies primarily to provide services that defuse conflict. The Dragon has the dishonor of forming the first coast guard service expressly designed to provoke and inflict damage on coastal neighbors, steal maritime territory, and spread fear in a maritime region. The Chinese Coast Guard was not only formed expressly for these purposes, but began immediately upon formation to carry out its un-articulated mission of making life miserable for its neighbors.
"Japan’s Defense Ministry scrambled fighter jets Wednesday to keep watch on a Chinese early warning plane flying over international waters between Japan’s main Okinawa island and an outer island relatively close to the disputed area in the East China Sea.