China bolsters maritime surveillance with new, unified (and armed) Coast Guard



Andrew Elwell
07/24/2013

China has unified its coast guard into one organisation as it seeks to bolster its maritime surveillance capabilities following a number of recent territorial disputes with its neighbours. As a result, the newly formed China Coast Guard will allow more ships to be armed. Under the previous configuration, which integrated the functions of a smaller coast guard, maritime surveillance, fisheries law enforcement and the maritime police, these vessels "were not allowed to be equipped with wea...
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