Taiwan's new coast guard flagship to counter China's 'gray zone' threat
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Taiwan commissioned into service a new coast guard flagship Thursday to help counter China's "gray zone" war tactics against the island.
(CNN)Taiwan commissioned into service a new coast guard flagship Thursday to help counter China's "gray zone" war tactics against the island.
The civilian-run coast guard, which would operate as a branch of Taiwan's navy during wartime, is often involved in confrontations with Chinese fishing and sand-dredging ships which Taiwan says operate illegally in its waters.
In a report to Parliament this week, Taiwan's Ocean Affairs Council, which oversees the coast guard, said China is aggressively expanding its maritime militia, seeking to create "gray-zone conflicts" in the region.
The Chiayi is part of government plans to counter the growing Chinese threat, which also includes a target of building 141 new coast guard ships by the end of 2027, it said.