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Coast guard needed for maritime disputes (2)

By  Wu Jiao and Xin Dingding (China Daily)

10:35, March 06, 2012

Cases have recently been reported of Chinese fishing vessels that in Chinese waters being expelled or their captains being arrested by foreign countries, yet the ships of China's fishery administration are not equipped to quickly and efficiently react to such emergencies.

The coast guard would be equipped to deal with these situations, giving the country more room to maneuver in such thorny cases, said Luo, adding that it has been a common practice for big countries to have such a force.

The US, Japan and Russia all have their coast guard.

Japan's coast guard has often engaged in expelling Chinese fishing vessels from the waters near the Diaoyu Islands.

Luo also advised the country to publish a South China Sea white paper of historical fact demonstrating China's long sovereignty over many islands in the sea.

China should have its legal, business and military presence in the South China Sea, station troops on the islands if possible, or clearly mark its sovereignty, flying national flags or having the naval vessels patrolling, Luo said.

Luo also suggested setting up a South China Sea special administrative region, with prefectures and counties for China's Nansha, Xisha and Zhongsha islands.

As more than 200 authoritative encyclopedias and maps across the world register the South China Sea as part of China, these facts should all be included in the South China Sea white paper, Luo said.

Yin Zhuo, a military expert, also said that the issues concerning the East China Sea and South China Sea should be solved through diplomatic, economic and legal means, and a military solution would not be our option for the future.

"But other countries should not take this the wrong way. If they think it is a sign of us showing weakness, they will be making a serious mistake," said Yin, also a member of the CPPCC National Committee.

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