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Coast guard needed for maritime disputes

By  Wu Jiao and Xin Dingding (China Daily)

10:33, March 06, 2012

Yin Zhuo, a military expert and member of the CPPCC National Committee, answers questions from reporters at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. (Feng Yongbin / China Daily)

China should set up a coast guard to cope with the "increasingly challenging" maritime disputes with neighboring countries, a top political adviser said on Monday.

At the annual two sessions, Luo Yuan, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee and researcher with the Academy of Military Science, said a coast guard should be established in part from some of the existing agencies whose responsibilities include enforcing law in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

Currently, at least six ministries are involved in maritime affairs - including Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Land and Resources - as well as local governments.

Their duties cover such matters as maritime security, maritime pollution, maritime anti-smuggling and maritime disaster rescue.

Some of the departments in these agencies have overlapping duties, personnel arrangements and even equipment allocation, and their coordination is lax, Luo told China Daily.

Effectively integrating these resources into a coast guard will greatly reduce internal frictions and shorten the decision-making procedures, said Luo.

Luo, an outspoken senior military figure in China, made the remarks against the background of disputes between China and several of its neighbors intensifying in recent years over. These have intensified disputes regarding claims to territory of some islands and demarcation of some waters in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei dispute China's sovereignty over some islands and waters in the South China Sea, and Japan claims China's Diaoyu Islands as its own.

Meanwhile, the United States is increasing its involvement in Asia-Pacific affairs, saying it has a national interest in the peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea, which has further complicated the disputes.

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HuaQiao at 2012-03-0768.24.131.*
I said before and I said again that China should sent 100,000,000 citizens to occupy those islands with proper military protections. Whoever have the most residents and more powerful military forces would always in better position to argue. Does not matter how much evidences you have as the rightful owner, if the Viets, the Japs, the Phillips are populated those islands, won"t help you much.
Liang1a at 2012-03-0668.3.242.*
It is a better idea to set up a legal basis in the South Sea with such things as incorporating the region into some kind of official administrative region. It should have a legal status within the Chinese sovereignty and with its government structure such as governor, police force, etc. Then any foreigners who enter this region without proper legal documentary permission from the relevant Chinese authorites can be arrested and prosecuted according to law.But ultimately China must maintain the use of military force as the final option.
Liang1a at 2012-03-0668.3.242.*
Yin is a fool if he thinks the South Sea problem can be solved if China keep saying military is not an option.

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