30 Jul '13, 9am

#LEADERSHIP: The Chinese White Fleet Goes Off To War

July 30, 2013: This month it became official; the new, larger and more heavily armed Chinese Coast Guard is officially in business. Earlier this year China announced that it was combining four of its five maritime police organizations into one new outfit: the Coast Guard Bureau (or China/Chinese Coast Guard). This is actually the old China Marine Surveillance (or CMS, which belonged to a civilian outfit: the Ministry of Land and Resources) that is taking over the Coast Guard (belonging to the Public Security Ministry), the fisheries police (of the Agriculture Ministry), and the maritime anti-smuggling police (of the General Administration of Customs). China had multiple coastal patrol organizations because it was the custom in communist dictatorships to have more than one security organization doing similar tasks, so each outfit could keep an eye on the other and ensure lo...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20130730...

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