Transfer of the China Coast Guard (CCG) from civilian to military control will take effect on 1 July and will enable the service to “play a bigger role in emergencies and crises, including war”, according to an article published by the state-owned Global Times newspaper on 24 June.
Legislation passed by the National People’s Congress (NPC) on 22 June will implement changes announced in March that the CCG will come under the control of the People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF) and, ultimately, the command of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC).
Although there is no explicit difference in the assigned tasks from when the CCG was under the civilian control of the State Council and the State Oceanic Administration, reports in state-owned media such as the China Daily newspaper state that the legislation will expand the enforcement powers of the CCG.
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