On December 7, 2010, Beijing Daily published an article by Professor Zhang Zhaozhong from China’s National Defense University explaining why China should build up its Coast Guard like Japan, the U.S., and India have done. Here are the reasons given by Prof. Zhang:
- The Coast Guard can be a retractable fist.
- Excess force used by the Coast Guard usually does not lead to an armed conflict or a war.
- Once an armed conflict or a war breaks out, the Coast Guard can quickly be transformed into a branch of the Navy, obeying the Navy’s orders.
Source: Beijing Daily, December 7, 2010