As we all know, a country’s coast guard generally only operates in In the country’s coasts and territorial waters, there are few who travel thousands of miles to other countries across the ocean to enforce the law. However, the US Coast Guard (USCG) is currently doing this seemingly absurd thing.
Recently, the US Coast Guard suddenlyThere was a strong interest in putting more power in. In this regard, Fagan, the commander of the US Coast Guard in the Pacific region, claimed that the addition of sea police ships to the Asia-Pacific region is intended to strengthen the "power in the field of fishery law enforcement" in the region. Construction" and respond to criminal activities such as piracy and maritime drug trafficking.
However, the facts are not as simple as what the U.S. said. Apart from the specious reasons mentioned above, the U.S. Coast Guard has stepped into the West Pacific waters to engage in the so-called "joint law enforcement" at the gates of China, which actually highlights the United States. The military is insufficient, and if you want to intervene in the affairs of the region, you are afraid that China will be angry.
Many people think that the US Coast Guard belongs to the police department. In fact, according to the explanation given by Wikipedia, in terms of organization, The U.S. Coast Guard is actually a branch of the U.S. Army and is of the same nature as the U.S. National Guard. It is just that the National Guard is responsible for land and air, while the Coast Guard is responsible for maritime security. Therefore, regard it as a reserve navy. The troops are not too much.
However, because the US Coast Guard has law enforcement powers and the armed forces on board the coast guard are mostly self-defense, the nature of its military threat is usually not taken seriously.
So the United States has recently begun to use a large number of Coast Guard ships to carry out crossing missions in various sensitive sea areas related to China. On the one hand, this can reduce the risk of military conflict. On the other hand, even if it causes friction, it is also a matter for the maritime police and law enforcement agencies of both sides. This prevents the conflict from escalating into a military confrontation.
Simply put, the Americans can use this to intervene in the Western Pacific and South China Sea without arousing strong military forces as before.Things confrontational reaction. The United States can feel relieved and boldly hit the side ball to disgust people.
Since March last year, the US maritime police ship has been cooperating with the US Navy The destroyer entered the sensitive strait area, and since January this year, it has frequently entered and exited in the West Pacific waters, and it has a good posture for the navy. The U.S. Coast Guard, in the name of "law enforcement and security cooperation," infiltrated U.S. influence in the coastal countries of the West Pacific.It draws in those traditional allies who have already shown "centrifugal force" to achieve a long-term confrontation with China in the region.
But now the situation around the South China Sea has changed. For example, Philippine President Duterte said bluntly that "the United States should not use other countries as bait against China." It is believed that as China's construction in the South China Sea becomes more and more perfect, no country will be easily drawn in by the United States, working hard for its containment policy and harming its own national interests.
As the national power continues to increase, the Chinese navy is no longer what it used to be. The strategic goal that could not be achieved due to the lack of air cover is now completely free of any problems. Even if the United States sends ships to cause trouble as a maritime police, China still has 10,000 tons of maritime police "soldiers to stop". In fact, after adjustments in China’s maritime police, maritime surveillance, fishery and other departments, they have completely changed the situation of water governance in Kowloon and affected the surrounding areas. The sea area control and coverage capabilities far surpass those of the U.S. Coast Guard from afar.
More importantly, Southeast Asian countries are not willing to waste resources and time for the U.S.'s empty check and meaningless confrontation. Many countries know that when it comes to China’s fundamental interests, it is best to rely on China or choose a neutral attitude to solve the problem, otherwise it will suffer huge losses. In this regard, the Philippines is the best example. /p>
Based on the above reasons, the author believes that the United States can of course send maritime police ships to the West Pacific to play side-balls and create topics, and that's all. But it is completely impossible to curb China's development fundamentally.