Countering China’s Maritime Insurgency with Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces

By Lawrence Hajek Losing the green water sea control challenge in the South China Sea could sideline US-led efforts in Asia. The US Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces can step up to provide strategic support for INDOPAC command. As tensions continue to build between the United States and the People’s Republic of China/Chinese Communist Party … Continue reading Countering China’s Maritime Insurgency with Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces

No Ordinary Boats: Cracking the Code on China’s Spratly Maritime Militias

By Ryan Martinson A Chinese fishing vessel appears in a sensitive location—near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, a South China Sea reef, or just offshore from a U.S. military base. Is it an “ordinary” fishing boat, or is it maritime militia? This straightforward question seldom yields straightforward answers. China does not publish … Continue reading No Ordinary Boats: Cracking the Code on China’s Spratly Maritime Militias

Envisioning a Dystopian Future in the South China Sea

By Capt. Tuan N. Pham, USN The setting is the South China Sea (SCS) in 2035. On the Chinese island of Mischief Reef, Senior Captain Chen, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Spratly Islands Commander, considers a Philippines Navy request to conduct a quarterly search and rescue drill in the vicinity of the Chinese island … Continue reading Envisioning a Dystopian Future in the South China Sea

China’s Maritime Militia and Fishing Fleets: A Primer for Operational Staffs and Tactical Leaders, Pt. 2

This article originally featured in the Military Review and is republished with permission. It will be republished in two parts. Read it in its original form here. Read Part One here. By Shuxian Luo and Jonathan G. Panter The surge of propaganda notwithstanding, several issues confront Beijing before the maritime militia can effectively function as the third … Continue reading China’s Maritime Militia and Fishing Fleets: A Primer for Operational Staffs and Tactical Leaders, Pt. 2