China is beginning to turn its coastguard into more of an armed defence force that resembles the US Coast Guard (USCG), according to Admiral Charles Michel, USCG vice commandant.
China recently moved its coastguard forces under a defence command and out of the control by other government entities, Adm Michel said during a panel discussion at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, on 9 April.
The Chinese coastguard, Adm Michel said, is “starting to take on the attributes of the US Coast Guard” – an armed force – while retaining the physical characteristics usually associated with a benign coastal patrol.
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